By Susan Edelman New York Post
A bill aimed at stopping an Upper East Side pharmacy from fleecing 9/11 responders by charging them $150 for a simple printout of records is in the works.
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chairman of the health committee, will introduce an amendment to “close a gap in state law” that requires medical facilities to provide copies of medical records at minimal copying cost, but does not mention pharmacies.
Gottfried announced a measure to include drugstores after The Post reported that Madison Avenue Pharmacy was demanding $150 for a couple of pages of prescription records.
“No one should have to pay anything like $150,” Gottfried said.
The pharmacy backed down, saying “Our policy going forward will be to process all Victim Compensation Fund claims free of charge.”
A study on the short-term effects of residual dust from the World Trade Center on rats showed some nerve damage, according to Winthrop-University Hospital researchers.
The pilot study showed that exposure to dust from the debris of the terrorist attacks “affected the slowing of the conduction within the nerve,” said Dr. Marc Wilkenfeld, Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital.
“This is the first evidence that there is a possibility that neuropathy [nerve damage] is associated with exposure to World Trade Center dust,” Wilkenfeld said. He stressed that the study does not prove that nerve damage will occur in emergency workers who responded to the 9/11 disaster, but the findings suggest that they could be at an increased risk.
By Lt. j.g. Laura Price, USS Arlington Public Affairs Navy Media Content Services
USS Arlington’s (LPD 24) color guard bows their heads as the names are read of the 184 victims who perished in the crash at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Arlington held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held in the Main Vehicle Stowage area while the ship operates in the Virginia Capes Operating Area. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brian Usler)
ATLANTIC OCEAN – USS Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors and Marines held a remembrance ceremony honoring the 13th anniversary of September 11 while underway off the Atlantic Coast.
The morning of September 11, 2001, five hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77 forcibly commandeered the controls of the plane and, at 9:37 a.m., crashed into the west wall of the Pentagon, in Arlington County, Virginia.
This deliberate attack was the second of three that occurred, the first at the World Trade Center in New York and the third in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.