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Court lifts hold on drug distributor suspension

Mar. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has allowed the Drug Enforcement Administration to suspend a pharmaceutical distributor for the time being over its allegedly ineffective control of a powerful painkiller.

The court lifted a temporary hold, imposed earlier this month, on the DEA's suspension of Cardinal Health Inc., while it considered the company's request for an injunction. But the court ruled Friday that Cardinal had not met the stringent requirements for one, while the court considers the company's appeal.

Last month, the DEA suspended the sale of controlled substances by two CVS pharmacies in the Orlando area, and the shipment of them from Cardinal Health's Lakeland, Fla.-based center that supplied the stores. The DEA says it was the first time stores in a national pharmacy chain were served with suspension orders.

WVUP, AEP sign job training agreement

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia University at Parkersburg and American Electric Power have developed an apprenticeship program that would convert job training into college-level credits.

WVU Parkersburg will offer AEP workers the chance to attain associate's degrees in occupational development and eventually earn bachelor's degrees.

WVU Parkersburg senior vice president for academic affairs Rhonda Tracy says leadership and teamwork are incorporated into the program's studies. The courses are offered in flexible and online formats so AEP workers can complete classes during their employment.

The university and company announced the signing of an articulation agreement Thursday.

Lecture set for March 22 on green cleaning

HUNTINGTON -- An expert on how businesses can be green when cleaning will speak as part of Marshall University's Lunch and Learn Sustainability Lecture Series.

The talk is planned for noon Thursday, March 22, at the Erickson Alumni Center, 519 John Marshall Drive.

Doug Chapman, vice president of development for Aetna Building Maintenance, will dispel myths behind green cleaning and discuss how businesses and individuals can be good stewards of the environment through the use of nonhazardous chemicals, proper equipment, processes, consumables, materials and recycling.

Aetna Building Maintenance has teamed up with Marshall offer monthly lectures on sustainability topics such as energy management and conservation, lighting retrofits, recycling, alternative energy, water harvesting, storm water management and LEED certification. All lectures in the series are free and open to Tri-State businesses and organizations. Pre-registration is required at www.marshall.edu/sustainability.