Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Canadian Drug Importation And Prescription Affordability Topic Of Medical Ethics Forum, September 10

Chestertown, MD, September 1, 2004 — “Drug Wars: The Battle for Affordable Prescription Medications” is the topic of the Community Healthcare Ethics Committee (CHEC) fall forum and dinner on Friday, September 10, at Washington College. The annual forum for CHEC members and the community at-large is co-sponsored by Chester River Health System and the Philosophy and Religion Department of Washington College.

The forum will focus on the issue of prescription drug importation from Canada into the United States, and will be led by David Newell, Ph.D., a medical ethicist and professor at Washington College, and Patrick Shanahan, M.D., family practitioner. U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest, (R-Md.), Donna DeLeno, a representative from the AARP, and Lori Reilly, a representative from the pharmaceutical industry, will also serve as members of the ethics forum panel.

“This is a pertinent ethics issue within our community and therefore we feel it should be addressed by CHEC,” noted Linda J. Hickman, Ph.D., R.N., vice president of patient care services and CHEC event chair. “Our panel members, led by Dr. Newell and Dr. Shanahan, will bring new insight to the subject of Canadian drug importation.”

An optional reception and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $25.00. The free public forum commences at 7:30 p.m. in the Norman James Theatre.

CHEC was formed in January 2003 with the purpose of providing an educational forum for staff, volunteers, families and residents of its member organizations; reviewing and developing recommendations for resolving ethically problematic cases; and offering ethical advice and recommendations on organizational policies and procedures. Members include Chester River Hospital Center, Chester River Home Care & Hospice, Chester River Manor, Chestertown Nursing & Rehabilitation and Heron Point.

For more information about CHEC's annual fall forum call Leslie Stack at 410-778-7668, extension 4061.

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