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  • The Healer

    This article examines Hulda Clark's controversial medical treatments for which she faces criminal charges. Indiana and Brown County authorities say she is doing nothing more than "dazzling the gullible with outlandish claims, baseless prescriptions and useless gadgetry." But Clark believes she can cure HIV and cancer, which she writes about in her books, The Cure for All Cancers, The Cure for HIV/AIDS, etc.
  • Prescription for Error

    An Associated Press three-part investigation into changes in the pharmaceutical industry, where since 1989 prescription drug use has doubled while the number of druggists has remained constant. The series looks at states' regulation efforts, potential for and impact of pharmacists' mistakes, increased pace and stress of the job, and the increased use of sometimes unlicensed and untrained technicians to help manage workloads.
  • Prescription for Trouble

    KDFW-TV "Fox 4 News in Dallas uncovered a dangerous and potentially deadly practice in one of the nation's largest drug store chains. Fox 4 News went undercover, to prove that the Eckerd Corporation allowed a 17-year-old teenager to fill prescriptions without proper training or supervision. This teen "Pharmacy Technician" was responsible for everything from antibiotics to Viagra. The I-Team investigation also showed that this could also be happening in other stores...."
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #4

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #4 is the fourth in a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Anna Werner (KHOU-Houston) Sexual message 2.) Chris Halsne (KWTV-Oklahoma City) "Mismanagement 101" Waste of a million-dollar school bond. 3.) Shellee Smith/Jim Schaefer (WXYZ-Detroit) Fire station's alarm left behind in a move. Now someone has to run to the fire house to let them know about a fire. Huge delays in the system. It can be fixed simply by relocating the old system. 4.) Scott Brooks (WSOC-Charlotte, NC) Getting guns from unlicensed dealers during a gun show. 5.) Carol Kloss (KETV-Omaha) Home improvement fraud 6.) Matt Goldberg/Tony Kovaleski (KPRC-Houston) "Steroids for Sale" Man posing as physician's assistant dispenses steroids without prescriptions to residents and even police officers 7.) Eileen Walden/Sandra Chapman (WISH-Indianapolis) The investigation reveals the lax security at the Indiana state capital. There have been many thefts in recent years. AN intricate web of underground tunnels links several buildings in the capital complex. Once inside, the reporter moves around freely and even reaches the offices of state senators. The reporter manages to carry out an empty box that looks as though it has a computer inside. No one blinks an eye.
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #3

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #3 is the third in a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Larry Posner (Inside Edition) Pro-wrestling content. 2.) Patrick Comer (WINK-West Palm Beach) Gypsy Family/ Barely Buried 3.) Chip Wallace (Freelance) Phony Police Charities 4.) Randy Travis (WAGA-Atlanta) Community service payoffs 5.) Wes Williams (KPNX-Phoenix) Security guards with criminal records 6.) Allen May (WTMJ-Milwaukee) Unlicensed car dealers 7.) Chris Heinbaugh (KOMO-Seattle) Foreign child prostitutes 8.) Paul Adrian (WTNH - Hartford) Private ambulance company errors (American Medical Response) 9.) Brian Collister (Texas Network) The sale of fake doctor prescriptions for a hot tub discount
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #2

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #2 is the second in a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Bill Gephardt/Angela Hunter (KUTV-Salt Lake City) 1-Tracking down deadbeat tenants. 2.-Testing the dog-chaser...a device meant to keep dogs from attacking. 2.)Tony Pipitone (WKMG-Orlando) State employees found using office computers to view and sell pornography. 3.)Jennifer Snell (WTXF-Fox Philadelphia) "Troubled Transit" Investigation into the unreliable service of the transit system reveals dangerous mechanical problems with buses. The reason: mechanics sleeping in buses during shifts instead of making repairs...but reporting the problems as fixed. Buses break down and strand passengers. 4.) Drew Griffin (KCBS-Los Angeles) "The Real ConAir" Investigation reveals department of corrections transporting convicts on commercial flights. Passengers are not told who's sitting beside them. Planes are forced to land because of disturbances during the flight. A girl is sexually assaulted by one of these convicts. 5.) Christina Punza (KCOP-Los Angeles) Uncovers plan to reuse radioactive metals from U.S. nuclear power plants. The metal will be made into household items such as silverware. Experts say the metal can never be entirely cleaned of its radioactive contents. 6.) Morgan Loew (KOLD-Tuscon) Investigation on the black- market sale of Rohypnol, "the date-rape drug." 7.)Hoffer/Glemosky (WABC-New York City) "Dispensing Danger" Investigates pharmacies dispensing drugs without required prescriptions. 8.) Ray Parisi (WNYW-New York City) Travelling to foreign destinations for sex with kids.
  • Do or Die: Transplant patients ply an illicit market for vital medicines

    The Wall Street Journal reports on an underground network of organ transplant recipients who deal costly transplant drugs. Drugs are often donated by the families of deceased transplant recipients and physicians or other employees of hospital transplant centers. The vital medications are then given to transplant recipients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions.
  • Selling Steroids, Injecting the Law

    He dresses like a doctor, examines patients like a doctor, prescribes medication like a doctor and does business inside a Houston area medical clinic...like a doctor. The problem is, the investigation exposed, he is not a doctor and he was illegally peddling dangerous steroids and other controlled prescriptions. With cameras rolling this unlicensed, unqualified, individual offered to inject illegal steroids into an undercover KPRC-TV employee.
  • Drugging Our Children

    The Province examines the increasing use of drugs to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, the fastest growing medical diagnosis for children in North America. Stories ranged from the rates of assessment and treatment to the use of children in California drug trials testing new treatments for the disorder.
  • Danger at the Drugstore

    U.S. News & World Report tested 245 pharmacies in seven cities, and found that well over half of their pharmacists were willing to fill prescriptions with combinations of drugs that were at best risky, and at worst, could cause death. One reason for this laxity, the story found, was pharmacists operate under much greater stress now that HMOs have slashed their payments to pharmacies. (August 26, 1996)