republished: From March 16, 2020
NORMAN J CLEMENT RPH., DDS, NORMAN L.CLEMENT PHARM-TECH, MALACHI F. MACKANDAL PHARMD, BELINDA BROWN-PARKER, IN THE SPIRIT OF JOSEPH SOLVO ESQ., IN THE SPIRIT OF REV. C.T. VIVIAN, JELANI ZIMBABWE CLEMENT, BS., MBA., IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HON. PATRICE LUMUMBA, IN THE SPIRIT OF ERLIN CLEMENT SR., WALTER F. WRENN III., MD., JULIE KILLINGWORTH, WILLIE GUINYARD BS., JOSEPH WEBSTER MD., MBA, BEVERLY C. PRINCE MD., FACS., RICHARD KAUL, MD., LEROY BAYLOR, JAY K. JOSHI MD., MBA, ADRIENNE EDMUNDSON, ESTER HYATT PH.D., WALTER L. SMITH BS., IN THE SPIRIT OF BRAHM FISHER ESQ., MICHELE ALEXANDER MD., CUDJOE WILDING BS, MARTIN NDJOU, BS., RPH., IN THE SPIRIT OF DEBRA LYNN SHEPHERD, BERES E. MUSCHETT, STRATEGIC ADVISORS
We should remember the words of Frederick Douglas,
FREDERICK DOUGLAS 1857:
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows or with both.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”
Lincourt Pharmacy of Clearwater, Florida has been in business for nearly 40 years. They are a specialty pharmacy in compounding sterile and non-sterile products and were doing over $15 million per year with sales all over the world. Louis Ladson, who is the pharmacist-owner states that “his business dropped dramatically when the DEA came around and began targeting and harassing his wholesalers.” Let’s not be fooled.
However, to the DEA, Dr. Louis Ladson is both a drug dealer and drug trafficker. This is the work of Susan Langston and demonstrates how the DEA begins to target Black Own Pharmacy Businesses.
Louie loved his wife Sharron from the moment their eyes met. They were blessed with two children, Tisha and Eric. He was a wonderful loving father involved in all their interest and social activities, he cheered them on when they played sports. Louie loved his sports and loved watching his games!
As a soldier, Louie continued serving his country in the United States Army Reserves as a Pharmacy Information Officer, he recently join the American Legion Post 138 in Tampa Florida. His service to God was so important in his life always putting the Lord first.
He loved serving God, committed to Mt. Zion AME Church, Tampa Florida, his Pastor, and church family doing whatever needed to be done. He was there giving his best with his wide infectious smile.
He loved being the Pro Tem of the Stewards Board and working on the Anniversary Committee. Louie loved and supported all his family and was always there when they needed him without hesitation He always gave his all to his fellow man.
FLORIDA NATIONAL CEMETERY FEBRUARY 7, 2022, BUSHNELL, FLORIDA
THE WAR ON DRUGS, TARGETING BLACK PROFESSIONAL WITH AMBITION AND STRATIFICATION ECONOMICS
OAK HILL PHARMACY OF OAK HILL, WEST VIRGINIA A BLACK-OWNED PHARMACY
In West Virginia, a state hard hit by the overdose crisis, the DEA raided and temporarily revoked a dispensing license for the Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy in August 2019 until a federal court intervened. The pharmacy dispenses buprenorphine, and a federal judge agreed that DEA’s actions created barriers to lifesaving addiction treatment in an area with few providers. Martin Njoku, the pharmacy’s manager, said the license suspension and legal costs nearly put the pharmacy out of business. (2),(3),(4),(15),(16)
Oak Hill Home Town Pharmacy, Oak Hill, WV owner Martin Mnjoku in business 15 years, raided August 6, 2019 “an imminent danger to the public health or safety”,
SO WHY IS OAK HILL PHARMACY STILL BEING PROSECUTED
Despite prevailing in the Federal District Court, the DEA pushes on against scientists and true medical experts to harass and prosecute Martin Ndjou, owner of Oak Hill Pharmacy. Repeatedly, the DEA has been found to have abused its authority. The agency has a history of human rights abuses, lavish payments to confidential informants, and surveillance of Americans with no suspected connection to illegal drug activities. (7),(9),(14),(15), (24)
OAK HILL PHARMACY PREVAILED IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURThttps://www.youtube.com/embed/33vVtokSR-c?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparentOAK HILL HOMETOWN PHARMACY
OAK HILL PHARMACY, OAK HILL WEST VIRGINIA
THE SAGA OF OAK HILL HOMETOWN PHARMACY IS THE SAGA OF THE BLACK-OWNED PHARMACY TARGETED FOR EXTINCTION
“WE ARE PHARMACISTS, NOT DRUG DEALERS“
These Black-owned pharmacies fall well within the foundation of the American System of Caste, “The Origins of Discontent,” described by author Isabelle Wilkerson, “where their degraded station justifies their degradation, as they are consigned to the lowest, dirtiest jobs and thus were seen as lowly and dirty and everyone in the caste system absorbed the message of their degradation.” (8)
“….BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES MUST GIVE OVERSIGHT, INVESTIGATE AND REORGANIZE THE DEA….”
Many of these Black-owned Pharmacies have been in business for more than 10 years.
In just the past 6 months at least 7 or more Black-owned Pharmacies have been attacked and classified as “Public Health Threats” and their Control Substance Registration suspended. See below Order to Show Cause Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy
These Black-owned pharmacies are not public health threats nor imminent dangers. Yet had their certificate of registration was suspended (supposedly) for ignoring alleged red flags in filling narcotic analgesic medications.
AT COST PHARMACY TARGETED AS IMMINENT DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY
DEA TARGETING BLACK-OWNED PHARMACY BUSINESSES IN FLORIDA
On January 7, 2020, owner Aaron Howard, PharmD, of At Cost Pharmacy, Fort Meyers, Florida, found himself surrounded by seven DEA agents ordering an Immediate Suspension of his Control Substance license and seizing his property. The order was signed by Acting DEA Chief Uttam DHilllion, who has in previous orders issued to other Black-owned pharmacies to be deemed “an imminent danger to public health and safety.”
Pharmacist, Aaron Howard, says, “this whole issue is based on an erroneous presumption of Red Flags…..that we are improperly dispensing control medications. This is totally ridiculous. We check all prescriptions in my pharmacy. I’ve been a pharmacist for more than 15 years and I am definitely not a “PILL MILL.”
Currently, the DEA is concentrating most of its efforts on small, non-white pharmacy establishments. But don’t be fooled, these actions are but the first salvo of a much larger picture. The intent is to destroy black people by systematically destroying those who provide healthcare services to those communities.
DEA, in their written complaint against Pronto Pharmacy and At Cost Pharmacy of Fort Myers, begin by categorizing non-white pharmacies as “Red Flags.” The DEA algorithm includes distance travel, paying cash, and excessive dosage. Each patient is then profiled as an abuser and
a federal criminal statute is assigned to them, their physician, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, and any other healthcare provider involved in their care with a spirit of impunity.
At Cost Pharmacy, Ft. Meyers, owner Aaron Howard in business 10 years, raided January 7, 2020 “an imminent danger to the public health or safety”, (see below Order to Show Cause At Cost Pharmacy Ft. Meyers, Fl.)
GULF MED PHARMACY TARGETED AS IMMINENT DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY
Gulf Med Pharmacy, Cape Coral, Fl owner Ricardo Fertil in business 10 years, raided Nov 19, 2019, “an imminent danger to the public health or safety,”
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MEANS EXPOSING MEDICAL INJUSTICE OR REMAINING SILENT
Who would have thought the next Civil Rights movement exposing economic disparity would start in a dental chair and a pharmacy dispensing counter?
The audience of Black professionals and my colleagues are trained to shut up by the system or by our own peers. They are trained to express no opinion other than to add input. However, our observation is one cannot win if one is not willing to fight. And when you fight you fight to win, and you don’t allow your enemy to tell you how to fight.
FOR NOW, YOU ARE WITHIN