Zohydro maker wants 'a common sense approach' to appropriate drug use

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 8:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The following is a statement from the manufacturer of Zohydro ER, a recently approved opioid pain management medication. Governor Shumlin, in an effort to limit the abuse of prescription opioids because of their relationship to an ongoing opioid abuse problem in Vermont, through prescription medication and heroin, has called on the FDA to reverse its approval of Zohydro. The advocacy groups referenced below suggest that a broader approach needs to be taken than banning just one medication. 

Workforce issues may be linchpin in economic development bill

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:55am -- tim

by Hilary Niles Workforce development emerged Wednesday as a wobbly cornerstone of economic development legislation being negotiated between two key House and Senate committees.

A single bill encapsulates both committees’ visions for Vermont’s economy. S.220 contains provisions for entrepreneurial lending, access to credit for small businesses, energy costs for manufacturers, domestic export promotion, computer crimes, intellectual property, demographics and tourism, to name a few.

Entergy net revenues increase from cold winter, higher cost of natural gas

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today reported first quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of $401.2 million, or $2.24 per share, compared with $161.4 million, or 90 cents per share, for first quarter 2013. On an operational basis, Entergy's first quarter 2014 earnings were $410.1 million, or $2.29 per share, compared with $167.7 million, or 94 cents per share, in first quarter 2013. Entergy is the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, which is scheduled to close at the end of this year.

Opinion: H883 and universal achievement

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:36am -- tim

by Dave Finney, President, Champlain College The state Legislature is working on a bill to reduce the number of school districts in Vermont, from the current 273 to between 45-55. On average, today’s school boards in Vermont focus on the education of only 300 children. The bill (H883) would create a better governance structure for public education, which would result in greater student opportunities and lower costs. While there are many facets to this bill, the following points are very clear: