Baldacci PIN RX Sold - Update

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Baldacci PIN RX Sold - Update

November 10, 2006

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine --A year-old mail-order pharmacy run by Maine's Penobscot Indians has laid off 10 people, but a spokesman for PIN Rx says its financial troubles are temporary and he hopes to rehire the former employees early next year.

"We're just cutting back," operations director Reginald Gracie said. "It's the end-of-the-year cost cutting to make budget." Gracie added that he doesn't anticipate any additional layoffs.

Launched with the support of the Baldacci's administration,...

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2006/11/10/mail_order_ph...

Anonymous
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[quote][size=18]The Penobscot Indian Nation received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help start up PIN Rx, Gov. John Baldacci announced around the time the business was launched. Baldacci called it a great business opportunity for the Penobscots and said it would help Maine people purchase more affordable medications easily through the mail.[/size][/quote]

Anonymous
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[quote]State officials in Augusta aren't commenting on the financial issues at PIN Rx, saying it's a private business.[/quote]

Anonymous
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[size=9][b]State Investigates PIN Rx[/b][/size]

By Michelle Frey News 8 WMTW

UNDATED -- A mail order pharmacy that Gov. John Baldacci touted would save Mainers money while providing jobs to the Penobscot Indian tribe is under investigation.

The state's board of pharmacy is investigating PIN Rx's involvement in the sales of prescription drugs over the Internet.

And the numbers are huge -- nearly 200,000 prescriptions are being questioned.

[b]It's a story you'll only see here on News 8 WMTW.[/b]

[url=http://www.wmtw.com/news/10913071/detail.html]WRONG[/url]

Tom C
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Just about anything Baldi launched, Medicaid computer system, Dirigo, etc, has been a spectacular failure.

Democrats think running a business is so easy - then they fail every time they try.

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Interesting that the Bangor Daily News, Sunday Telegram, etc. have tip-toed around this story. I thought the entire concept was shaky, based on the premise that the tribe was able to purchase drugs from Canada while the federal government was cracking down on purchases by individuals. Too bad they didn't break this story before the November election. :roll:

Anonymous
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[size=18]Republicans question governor on PIN Rx probe[/size]
February 5, 2007

AUGUSTA, Maine --Legislative Republicans on Monday questioned the Baldacci administration's oversight of the mail-order pharmacy program PIN Rx following reports that it is under investigation for its involvement in the sale of controlled drugs over the Internet.

The two ranking Republican state senators asked why state agencies weren't monitoring the Indian Island-based program more closely to make sure it is run legally and effectively.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2007/02/05/republicans_q...

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[quote]Farmer later confirmed to News 8 in a phone call that the governor's office did send an auditor to PIN Rx to help them "get their books in order."[/quote]

An auditor from the governor's office?

Anonymous
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Borrowed computer from DHHS :shock:

Anonymous
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[size=18]State-backed Rx business under investigation[/size]
By Victoria Wallack
Statehouse Reporter

AUGUSTA (Feb 7): The Penobscot Indian Nation’s mail-order drug business in Old Town, started with a grant administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development, is under investigation for allegedly selling controlled pharmaceuticals over the Internet without following proper procedure.

The mail-order business called PIN Rx was set up with the help of Gov. John Baldacci to provide an in-state alternative to Wal-Mart for Medicaid patients and others wishing to buy their drugs ...

[url=http://waldo.villagesoup.com/Government/story.cfm?storyID=86533]source[/...

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Has there been anything that the tribes have
done with everyone elses' money that has succeded ?

Chairman
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[quote="Bruce Libby"]Has there been anything that the tribes have
done with everyone elses' money that has succeded ?[/quote]

- Sockalexis Ice Arena - failed
- Sockalexis Beano Hall - failed
- Shape, Inc. - failed
- PIN Rx - failing
- $84M Indian Land Claims Settlement - wasted and frittered away

You're right Bruce, none come to mind.

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IMO a business--[u]any[/u] business started up or purchased with someone else's money and/or "found" money is on shaky grounds to begin with.

Anonymous
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[size=18]Pharmacy program quits on MaineCare[/size]

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

AUGUSTA (AP) - State officials said Tuesday that an alternative pharmacy program for about 3,000 MaineCare enrollees has been established now that the mail-order operation has notified the state that it would be ending its agreement to provide prescriptions for them.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/201141-3/MaineNews/Pharmacy_program_quit... PAGE[/url]

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That's what happens when a business illegally fills internet orders without a valid prescription. Where was the oversight?

Anonymous
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[size=18]Hearing set for mail-order pharmacy allegations[/size]
March 1, 2007

BANGOR, Maine --A state document outlining allegations against the PIN Rx mail order pharmacy says the Penobscot Indian Nation's business dispensed at least $3 million worth of drugs over the Internet without verifying prescriptions for at least nine months in 2006.

The 22-page document from the Maine Board of Pharmacy serves as a notice of a hearing the board will hold in April on the allegations.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2007/03/01/hearing_set_f...

Anonymous
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[size=18]Mail order pharmacy broke rules, report says[/size]
By GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press

Friday, March 2, 2007

AUGUSTA - The Penobscot Indians' PIN Rx mail order pharmacy dispensed at least $3 million worth of drugs over the Internet without verifying prescriptions for at least nine months in 2006, according to a state document.

The 22-page report from the Maine Board of Pharmacy outlines the board's allegations and serves notice that the board will hold an April 26 hearing on the charges, which PIN Rx vigorously denies.

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/070302pinrx.html]source[/url]

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I wonder how many of these rxs went to tribe members?

Yes , we care but , but I believe most are just to busy to act on this
and really it is of no surprize. After all it was not our money it was "fed. " funds!

You know the funds that gov.(feds. ) get somewhere! They make alot of money don't they?
:shock: Oh know! Is that some of my money!

This gov. knows no shame and has eaten to many bad meatballs to have a brain left!
On top of that if tribe members got caught using drugs or selling them
we put them in our prisons at our expense!

Gov. will introduce new creative economy soon, we can buy a green bridge for $9.99
delivered to your home, unsigned IOU exceptable payment!

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[i]Editor’s Note: Here’s one of my pet political peeves. Gov. Baldacci gets plateloads of good political press at the kickoff of PIN Rx. The Governor presents PIN Rx a $500,000 check courtesy U.S. taxpayers while announcing PIN Rx is “expected to provide as many as 100 jobs and save millions of dollars each year in Maine's Medicaid system, MaineCare.”

Now PIN Rx is in so much legal trouble it’s closing its doors — and it seems to me Baldacci’s lousy judgement in backing this business is being ignored.[/i]

Mail order pharmacy broke rules, report says

AUGUSTA - The Penobscot Indians' PIN Rx mail order pharmacy dispensed at least $3 million worth of drugs over the Internet without verifying prescriptions....which PIN Rx vigorously denies.

Earlier this week, PIN Rx announced its intention to close.

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Another outrage from the Teflon Governor. So busy with the school consolidation smoke and mirrors he thinks nobody sees what's behind the curtain.

But, we do.

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Incomprehensible what is going on with the Tribes - this is just the latest embarrassing failure. I remember the Land Claims Settlement; at the time the largest in US history.

Now we have Penobscot tribal chief James Sappier on television saying his tribe is grateful for Chavez's heating oil help to keep them warm. :roll:

Ok, yes, the Tribes were oppressed and treated unfairly in the historic past. But that oppression is [u]in the past[/u]. No one is keeping the Tribes from success but they themselves.

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PinRx....Dirigo.....MaineCare Computers....looting of Highway Fund (sorry, editor doesn't have bandwidth for use to enumerate all the Balducci failures) and it's all page 3, second section news.

(cue music: "Another One Bites the Dust!")

The repetition would be boring were it not such flagrant of our tax bucks.

What else should we do? Enroll as Democrats and infiltrate the opposition??

Anonymous
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PIN Rx sold; 40 jobs expected in County
By Rachel Rice
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

CARIBOU - A mail-order pharmacy will bring 40 new jobs and a $9 million investment to Aroostook County according to an announcement officials made Tuesday that the company will open a packing and distribution center in Fort Fairfield.

I Care Pharmacy, which fills mail-order prescriptions, began providing services this week to MaineCare clients previously served by PIN Rx, the Penobscot Indian Nation’s mail-order pharmacy.

[url=http://www.bangordailynews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=147438&zoneid=...

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[b]New owner to move Penobscots' mail-order pharmacy to Aroostook[/b]
Thursday, March 15, 2007

INDIAN ISLAND - The Penobscot Indian Nation's troubled mail-order pharmacy has been purchased by a company that plans to move the operation to Aroostook County.

I Care Pharmacy this week began filling prescriptions for MaineCare clients previously served by PIN Rx on Indian Island.
Ten workers are running the operation on Indian Island but the company plans to relocate next month to Fort Fairfield.

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/070315pinrx.html]SOURCE[/url]

Anonymous
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[b]Pharmacy president sought on charges[/b]
By Aimee Dolloff
Saturday, April 07, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

Just weeks after taking over the financially troubled mail-order pharmacy started by the Penobscot Indian Nation and Gov. John Baldacci, the new owner has a problem of his own and reportedly is on the run from law enforcement officials.

Jerry Tanner, 45, president and co-owner of I Care Pharmacy, is facing felony charges in Alaska for allegedly sexually assaulting young men under the age of 21 and providing alcohol to a minor.

[url=http://www.bangordailynews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=148426&zoneid=...

Anonymous
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[quote]PIN Rx is under state investigation for allegedly dispensing $3 million in drugs on the Internet without verifying prescriptions. The Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance helped the Penobscot Indian Nation develop the pharmacy, which opened in October 2005.[/quote]

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Just out of stupid curiosity, has anyone asked the "Tribe"
how much they got for it, and when can we expect to be reimbursed?

I know it was a stupid question and I have hit myself for asking it! :roll:

Anonymous
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[b]MaineCare pharmacy keeping up with prescriptions[/b]
By Meg Haskell
Thursday, April 12, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

MaineCare members who use the state’s mail-order program to obtain their medications should not experience any delays or disruptions, despite the legal difficulties of one of the owners of the new pharmacy that is filling their orders.

State officials confirmed Wednesday that employees of I Care Pharmacy — newly formed to take over the mail-order drug business from the failed PIN Rx pharmacy on Indian Island — are filling prescriptions in a timely way for the MaineCare ...

[url=http://bangordailynews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=148614&zoneid=500]...

Anonymous
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[b]PIN Rx Hearing Begins[/b]

May 1, 2007

GARDINER, Maine -- A two-day adjudicatory hearing on the fate of a now-defunct mail-order pharmacy began Tuesday in Gardiner.

The Maine Board of Pharmacy has been investigating accusations against PIN Rx and two of its pharmacists of selling nearly 200,000 prescriptions illegally over the Internet.

[url=http://www.wmtw.com/news/13232792/detail.html]source[/url]

Anonymous
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[b]Maine pharmacy board holds hearing on PIN Rx[/b]

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

GARDINER (AP) - The Maine Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday launched a hearing on the Penobscot Indians' PIN Rx mail-order pharmacy, which is accused of filling Internet orders for controlled substances without verifying the prescriptions.

The board is investigating allegations that PIN Rx illegally dispensed at least $3 million worth of drugs over at least nine months in 2006. The business shut down earlier this year.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/210294-3/MaineNews/Maine_pharmacy_board_...

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Ok, dispensing drugs illegally - so the pharmacy business is out. Gambling?

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