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Ohio will use compound pharmacies for lethal drug
Other headlines: David Joyce pushes to kill medical device tax in budget deal ; Online filing a new option for Ohio businesses 
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • David Joyce pushes to kill device tax in budget deal
  • Online filing a new option for Ohio businesses 
  • Shaker Heights 'car-surfers' injured 
  • Ohio will use compound pharmacies for lethal drug 
    The state of Ohio is changing in how it obtains the lethal drugs used in executions.

    The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction this morning announced that compounding pharmacies can supply the drug pentobarbital after earlier this year the Danish manufacturer said it will no longer supply it for executions in the US. 

    Compounding pharmacies have been under scrutiny by the FDA for several high-profile public health incidents, most recently last fall when an outbreak of fungal meningitis was linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

    The revised policy does not name a supplier of the lethal drug.  The states final supply was used in the September execution of Harry Mitts.

    The next execution in Ohio is Ronald Phillips of Akron, scheduled to die November 14th


    David Joyce pushes to kill medical device tax in budget deal 
    Geauga County Republican representative David Joyce is part of a bipartisan group seeking an end to the showdown in Washington.

    The Plain Dealer reports that Joyce is backing a plan to remove a tax on medical devices that is part of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for a budget vote.

    The 2.3-percent tax, worth an estimated $30 billion dollars, offsets some of the costs of the new healthcare law.

    Joyce says it will hurt local medical innovation.

    Northeast Ohio Democrats Tim Ryan and Senator Sherrod Brown say Republicans should use the election process, rather than the budgeting process, to overturn the law.


    Online filing a new option for Ohio businesses
    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office is launching a new initiative to let businesses file more required state paperwork online instead of by mail.

    He says accepting the most frequently used filings online will help government keep pace with the speed of business and make the process more efficient to benefit consumers and taxpayers.

    He says the forms available for online submission represent about half of the filings his office received last year. The available forms will include those to create a limited liability company, renew a trade name or make a biennial report for a professional association.

    To file online, business will have to create a profile through the secure site for Husted's office. Paper forms still will be available for those who prefer them.

     
    Shaker Heights 'car-surfers' injured 
    Police in suburban Cleveland say a man who was "car-surfing" fell from the top of a vehicle and was run over by the driver, who then crashed into a wall.

    Both men were taken to the hospital after the Wednesday accident in Shaker Heights.   The extent of their injuries is not known.

    Police say the driver is being charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They say the passenger was cited for riding outside of a vehicle.

    Officials didn't immediately release the names of the two men.

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