Cable News and 60 Minutes…

If you happened to tune into network or cable news or 60 Minutes recently, you have heard some very bad reporting about compounding pharmacies; a mix of fact and total fiction. Purchasers of NECC products were not motivated by greed or access to cheaper products, which 60 Minutes was blatantly trying to imply. Purchasers were (and still are) avidly seeking preservative free steroid product because it is safe. Period. Preservative damages nerves.

The pharmaceutical industry (as opposed to compounders) do not manufacture preservative free product, since, by the nature of their business, may store their drugs for long periods of time and must have preservative in the steroid. The thousands of pain centers and hospitals across the country that purchase steroid from compounding pharmacies, cannot place a neurotoxic preservative onto fragile spinal nerve roots. So now you know the truth. 60 Minutes has lost my respect for their totally inadequate and biased reported. Just like all the other media, they sell time for advertising dollars, sensationalism to the forefront, and the facts be damned. NECC should be crucified for their negligence, but other compounding pharmacies should not be painted with the same brush.

By the way, if you REALLY are interested in investigating medical related deaths, Google up “hospital medical errors” or “deaths, pharmaceutical companies.” You will be blown away.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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