Wednesday, September 13, 2006

1 White Man's Death Gets Attention


Velma Sanders

Nobody likes crime, but most people don't do anything about crime until they are a victim of it. Cincinnati School Board member Melanie Bates and the people of North Avondale are prime examples of people sitting by and doing nothing about crime until it affects them. Now that Melanie's husband, Phillip Bates, was shot and killed, Melanie and her family have so much to say about crime in Cincinnati. (Something about Phil's death is fishy.) Where was Melanie before when Black people were getting shot down in the streets? And where was City Council?

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Dan Klepal would like you to believe that people from all over the city have come together to demand that Council do something to stop crime. (story) It's not true. Just like Melanie and her North Avondale neighbors didn't lift a finger to help when Maurice Kennedy got killed and the people of Price Hill asked for help, the people of Price Hill aren't mobilizing to help their neighbors in North Avondale. It's always like this.

Another thing that's constant is how poor people from another part of town always get blamed for these upswings in crime. Pete Witte blames poor people moving into the neighborhood from Over The Rhine and the West End for Price Hill's crime problems. And some people, like Maureen Mello, blames a police task force operating in Over The Rhine, Walnut Hills and some West Side neighborhoods for running criminals to North Avondale.

I've been listening to Black talk radio lately (in addition to talking to lots of Black people everyday) and I get the sense that an awful lot of Black people feel sorry for Melanie but they think: (1) Melanie has a lot of power in this city and could've raised her voice to help stop the violence destroying the Black community but never did so why should the Black community care about the death of her white husband and (2) the only reason the white media is paying so much attention to this story is because Phil Bates was white.

Let's look at a few lines from Dan's story.

They were black and white, old and young, loud and quiet.

Scores of people came to City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday night to prod and plead for more efforts to reduce crime, specifically violent crime that has risen in some neighborhoods.

I watched part of the meeting on CitiCable and can tell you that scores of people came to blast this worthless City Council for pandering to white voters, downplaying and mostly ignoring the crime problem in the Black community, and, in the case of Jeff Berding and Leslie Ghiz pimping the crime issue to get themselves reelected and get a new jail built. (How is it that Berding and Todd Portune both support raising the sales tax to build a new jail, and both supported raising the sales tax to build two new stadiums, yet don't get held accountable for their positions?)

More than 100 people attended the meeting at the Hirsch Community Center.

John Eby came from Westwood to say his piece.

"Three years ago, about 100 people came down and politely asked council to do something about crime," Eby said. "We were told you would bring together all the resources of the city.

"Now we are 240 more murders into this thing, and that is unacceptable. There's a velvet rope that separates you from us, and there's a disconnect between us."

New security measures were recently added at Cincinnati City Hall, including a movie-theater style barrier that separates citizens from council members.

John makes a good point about the disconnect between the people and the Council. Members of Council don't have to connect with the people. They don't run in districts, they run citywide. The only people they answer to are the moneyboys like Carl Lindner. That's part of the reason why you see Berding screaming and yelling in Council meetings about how desperately we need a tax increase to build a new jail. To listen to Berding, a new jail will solve all of our problems. Reasonable people know this isn't the case, just like building the new stadiums downtown didn't fix the problems in downtown. But the jail rhetoric sounds good to the people who bought Jeff a seat on Council so I expect nothing less from him.

What happened to the 100 people who went down to Council with Eby? Did they become uninvolved in the process when they saw Eby use them as a springboard to Council? And didn't Eby, Pete Witte and POWR PAC endorse 5 of the current members of Council? At the time they made their endorsements, they said they had nothing to do with race. So what do they do if the people they endorsed fail to deliver results?

Tracie Hunter, of Avondale, agreed there is a divide - race and class.

Philip Bates, a prominent member of the North Avondale community and husband of Cincinnati School Board member Melanie Bates, was shot to death on his porch on an upscale street Aug. 27, after returning home from a memorial for another murder victim.

Since then, there have been a series of robberies, home invasions and other crimes in the more-affluent North Avondale neighborhood that have brought people together to talk about the issue and demand action from city council.

"Why wasn't there a summit after that (African-American) grandmother was gunned down at a bus stop?" Hunter said. "She wasn't dealing drugs. We must stop allowing leadership to value some lives over others."

Melanie Bates said she wants all citizens to work together, to reduce crime throughout the city.

"I'm taking great comfort in all the communities coming together," Bates said. "It's action."

Tracie Hunter aka The Devil Lady raised an important point: some lives are more important to Council and the City's leadership than other lives... Again, if Melanie really wants all citizens to work together to reduce crime throughout the city, why is she only now speaking about it. It reminds me of former Cincinnati Police Department Lt. Col. Ron Twitty. Remember when his son was killed and he promised that he'd be involved in helping to fight crime. What happened? I predict Melanie will use her husband's death to launch a bid for Council. This talk of citizen crime fighting will fade away just like it did with Twitty, Witte, Eby, and Kennedy.

25 comments:

Anona said...

Lives of peole of color are more dispensible from others. Our current system has made it very convenient to dispose of them.
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Anonymous said...

"...when Maurice Kennedy got killed..."

Too bad your "sources" didn't give you the back story on that incident. Your "sources" aren't any good. No wonder your street cred has evaporated.

Again, you've badmouthed all these white folks & you haven't done anything worthwhile to stop the problems. As a matter of fact, that asshole Mayor hasn't done shit except put up billboard signs. His ass needs to go.

Kent said...

"Philip Bates, a prominent member of the North Avondale community and husband of Cincinnati School Board member Melanie Bates, was shot to death on his porch on an upscale street Aug. 27, after returning home from a memorial for another murder victim.

Since then, there have been a series of robberies, home invasions and other crimes in the more-affluent North Avondale neighborhood that have brought people together to talk about the issue and demand action from city council."

Phillip Bates was not all that prominent, and as tragic as it is, his death is no more important than anybody elses. Also, I don't see an increase in crime around he neighborhood after his death. Where are they getting their stats on that?

Anona said...

The gold mine is behind the county commish's office, Mr. Pointy Hat. I don't think the mayor has a key to get there.

Anonymous said...

There's so much attention when a white person is killed because white people raise a rukus. That's all you have to do to bring attention to the many black murders and other crimes in Cincinnati. Get a bunch of people together. Go down to City Hall. Call all the media outlets. Raise a stink. Act like you care--as a community. No group takes the murder of black people for granted more than black people themselves. The reason white people stay off the issue is because they can't win. If they get involved in the issue of black people as victims (almost always by other black people) they're accused of blowing crime out of proportion, being racist, stereotyping. If they don't get involved, then white people are accused of not caring about crimes against blacks. That's why the outrage has to be African American generated and led. Others may follow but they can't carry the torch. Their motives are always questioned.

Anonymous said...

The only reason that there is attention drawn to white people when they are victims of crime is because white people raise a ruckus. Nobody takes crime against black people more for granted than black people. You'd think that with the little girl burned in Avondale there would be a vigil at the courthouse every night until the killer is found. But there's not. Do black people want more cops? Do they want harsher sentencing for violent crimes? White people can't take up the issue of crime against black people. When they've tried they're either accused of blowing crime out of proportion, being racist, sterotyping all blacks as criminals. If they don't get involved then they're accused of not caring about crimes against blacks. If black people want focus on the issue, they need to go to City Hall, raise hell,call the media outlets, write letters, say what they want, and keep up the heat. No. Black people have to carry that banner. Others may follow, but it has to be community organized, driven and led.

Anonymous said...

What I find to be terribly sad is that it is true, crime against whites is more eagerly covered than when it is a person of color. However, let us not forget the comment of class being an issue as well, because it is. If it were a poor white man killed on their porch, it would not draw this much attention. A black man killed of a higher class would draw media attention, but probably not as much as we have with the white, higher class. You see, this one man had both in his favor for coverage and a following from the media. He had nothing in his favor that night. Nor did the lady waiting for the bus in Avondale who was killed... They both lost and we all are losing as a city, as a people we are all losing. Something else I would like to mention, is that not everyone has the means nor the ability to rise up and demand attention in the face of a tragic situation. Or perhaps the way that they approach the situation will not be viewed as valuable by the media or media worthy. All loss of life is an issue. We are a city in pain and we are wearing our pain on our sleeve. When will we decide to roll up our sleeves, stand up, and stop allowing this behavior to continue? Police can only do so much. They are hired citizens of our communities. We are citizens of our commuities, we should share in the policing by participating in community policing. There are things that we all can do to make Cincinnati a safer place. There is a meeting going to take place at the Urban League in Avondale on October 21st to discuss crime in our city. If you have the guts and desire to be a part of the change, why dont you show up, no matter your race or class. Its up to us to try to take baci our city and our streets.....

horosho said...

Nate, you're being disingenuous when you don't recognize that the circumstances of this crime are at least a large portion of the reason this is such a big deal. This was apparently an incident of more or less random violence that happened to a respected person uninvolved with criminal activity that occurred at his home, in an area not usually associated with such acts. To my knowledge there has not been any other crime of this nature in the city in quite a while.
One of the reasons this life is "more important" as you say is that it doesn't seem that Philip Bates contributed to his own demise at all, this is a crime that could have happened to any of us, black or white. This is a crime that truly shocks the conscience. You could make a case that race plays its' part in this, but it certainly isn't the only factor at work here.
Cheers,
h

Nate Livingston said...

Horosho

You're being disingenuous when you don't recognize that Phil Bates' race and class are why his death is being treated so differently than the deaths of Blacks (including grandmothers) and poor people.

You've made an awful lot of assumptions about Phil's death. I wonder how you could possibly know the things you write are true. You claim this was an act of random violence; you claim Phil wasn't involved in criminal activity; and you claim Phil didn't contribute to his own death. How do you know these things? Are you an investigator with the CPD? Or are you just assuming these things because Phil was a white man who lived in North Avondale?

There are LOTS of rumors out there about this shooting, and I'm reminded of something the coroner, the mayor, and the police chief have said several times: if you aren't buying, selling, or using drugs in Cincinnati, you aren't going to get shot or killed. I don't know whether the rumors are true or not so I've reserved offering my opinion on Phil's death. Why have you decided to jump out there on this before getting the facts?

And no matter what the reason for Phil's death is, the fact remains that the murder of this middle-class white man is receiving an inordinate amount of attention from the city and the white press.

Kent said...

"This was apparently an incident of more or less random violence that happened to a respected person uninvolved with criminal activity that occurred at his home, in an area not usually associated with such acts. To my knowledge there has not been any other crime of this nature in the city in quite a while."


You have no real knowledge that this was a radom act of violence. Most people first thought the Carrolls lost their foster child too, and we saw what happened there. But I think the Bates's death is gettiing a lot of attention because of who his wife is, along with the fact that he's white and middle-class. Had it been Rosa Blackwell who got killed, that might have received almost as much attention in the media. The media is about ratings, and the more publicly known the person, the more interest in the story, which means more ratings.

horosho said...

Nate, I don't disagree that Mr. Bates' race and class play a role, all I was trying to say is that there is, in fact, more to it than that. I don't know any more than anyone else in regards to the crime, just what I've read in the papers and what people who knew him said about Philip Bates. I agree that the facts aren't all out there yet and tried to be clear that this seems to be a crime that doesn't fit the pattern (ie drug related in some respect) of recent homicides, which is newsworthy and worrisome, regardless of race.
To recap: Race and class play a role in this but they are not the only factor in why this is a major story.
Cheers,
h

Anonymous said...

Was the black grandma at the bus stop buying, selling or using drugs? Was the young mom in the park buying, selling or using drugs? Or the little girl killed in her yard by a drive by or the coach watching TV in his living room buying, selling or using drugs. What an asinine statement by the chief ass. What the hell is your position? Does crime exist or not? Should it be addressed, or not? Are these people dead or not? Does it matter or not? Should everyone keep their heads in the sand until they find a way to address the issue of crime by black people while not offending the sensibilities of black criminals? It obviously doesn't matter to you when victims are black--just sweep it under the rug--and it actually makes you mad when when the victim is white. Mad at the victim that is. They must have had it coming. Bates didn't have it coming any more than the other people mentioned in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like the good coach, on his couch at home. What the hell is your interest in protecting the black criminal? Forget the media. Why don't YOU value black life?

Anonymous said...

One white man's death in Oakley didn't get a blip on the radar screen and neither did one white man's death in Price Hill. It's about class--not race.

Anonymous said...

Why haven't anyone spoke about The way Racist Cincinnati police fight crime in black neighborhoods. It is a joke! These terrible white people in this city is the worst I've ever seen: Smile in your face and stab you in the back. Claim they are with you until you are faced with a tuff situation. Will do you a false favor and expect something in return. If they hate you and you are black, they will get another black to do there dirty work......

Again, This city is the worst, white and black people.

Anonymous said...

Black people are so tied up with fighting each other, we don't even see what white people is truly doing to us.

Anonymous said...

The story that gets the most attention is not when white kills white or black kills black (unless it’s a famous person or a child) and not even when black kills white. It’s when white kills black will the story get the maximum publicity.

To say that it is only white people who don’t care unless it happens to them is not accurate—this is true for all people, all races. There are too many issues to take a stand for each one…crime, the environment, terrorism, genocide, child abuse, poverty, animal rights, etc., etc. One might say that you are only concerned about crime because it is happening in your own neighborhood. Are you just as concerned about the genocide in Darfur or the poverty in Ethiopia?

I can say that condemning people publicly as groups such as the Black Fist does (i.e, calling the police “racist pigs”) to make a point is not the way to gain respect or make a difference. And you can use a personal issue in a positive way (ie. People who have been abused themselves might work in a shelter for the abused.) It really only takes one person to make a difference. We can all be Rosa Parks if we choose to be…

EG said...

Amazingly, it seems your point is white people are not only responsible for black crime, but the only ones who can stop it.

You talk about white people who didn't "raise their voices" before black crime was visited upon them.

Not sure how helpful you are here, Nate. Not sure what white folks can do about black crime except bust more black heads and build more jails.

Black crime is a part of our culture. We celebrate it in our gangster rap videos. This ugly state of affairs was hatched 30 years ago when BET's Robert Johnson decided to promote gangster rap programming instead of the kind of wholesome fare we see on, say, the Latino networks.

Think of the mindset of the people who shot Tupac to death and you'll realize that "raising voices" will do nothing to stop black crime.

ricland

EG said...

Another point here is well worth making. The photo of Velma Sanders is a classic. Presumably, she was at some public forum berating white folks for their inability to control crime in the black community.

Well, I'm sorry, folks, but it's a picture of pure ignorance. And I thought this kind of ignorant black finger-pointing went out with Reece and Mckinney.

Reece spent four years blaming the Police chief for black crime. Her playbook had it all we had to do was appoint a black police chief and all the black-on-black crime would magically disappear. No one person more polarized the Council and the city than Reece.

Heal thyself Velma Sanders. It's loudmouth, misdirected finger-pointing like yours that's the problem not the solution.

Rage against BET for its 24-7 gangster rap programming. Rage at the dope peddler on your street corner. Rage at the unwed mothers who have a new baby every year. Do all this but don't think pointing your finger at white folks is going to fix anything.

It ain't.

We have met the enemy and he is us.
-- Pogo

ricland

Anonymous said...

Recently, I attended an orientation on this violent crime business. The attendance was sparse. About equal number of blacks & whites. That sums to total diversity in Cincinnati, f%^k the other peoples of color in this cesspool.

Folks from other communities wanted to attempt to roll out this program that was being discussed in their neighborhoods. They were told they could, once they helped out in Avondale. The focus was on Avondale, end of discussion.

Then it was time to belittle & upbraid the white of color folks in attendance, as if they all just crawled out from under a rock. The dude up front let it be known without a false front that those of lighter skin color needed to learn how to talk to these street criminals.

As if he was the ultimate authority. The racist bastard had to go to another city to learn how the particular program operated. Not too brilliant. Take someone else's ideas.

Needless to say, I don't believe many of the the people of the whiter pigment signed up to help Avondale. Why should they? They were dumbed down & insulted at the get go. This blabbermouth had no idea of their credentials & pedigree. There could have been education counselors, social workers, etc., sitting in those seats, the exact people they need to get their program going.

This is another reason why the white pigmented people aren't going to lift a finger in the black crime. They came to help, they came to learn, they brought open hearts, open minds, suggestions, ideas & a warm handshake, only to be insulted & ridiculed.

As the people of another color, we're on our own to clean up the mess we've allowed to happen. When we get all smug, full of ourselves & think we know it all, we get on our racist blame platforms with the whites. They aren't going to stoop to our gutter level to insult us in public like we do to them.

Yep, we're on our own here. Of course, the whites will always be the blame for the mess we've created & are too damned stupid to straighten out. We've become a shameful race of people. An absolute disgrace to our people before us who witnessed true struggle & misery.

EG said...

Black leaders are either clueless or on the take. Most of the big names -- Jesse, Sharpton, Mfume, have been paid big bucks by BET to ignore the filth BET pumps into the black community.

The others just don't get it. Bill Cosby is a good example. Each year he gives millions to historically black colleges thinking that's going to make things better. It doesn't.

What money isn't spent on by the administrators on their BMWs and mortgages, drips down to a couple of black students who turn their backs on the black community once they get their degrees.

In fact, Cosby's recent plea for every black person to give $8 to fund a black slave museum, shows how out of touch the man has become.

What on earth does he think this will accomplish? I mean, honestly, slavery is ancient history. To black youth it's merely a footnote in history.

If Cosby had a clue he'd take all the millions he's throwing away on black colleges and start a black network to undo all the harm BET has been doing for the past 30 years.

ricland

Anonymous said...

Are you fucking serious? One white man's death gets deserved attention for a week--maybe more. One black man's death has had press nonstop since April. One big mouth troublemaker gets offed by a half-wit two-bit criminal and mix in the pot his dueling bitches and it's been dead black man 24/7 for 6 months.

You're what you call myopic. One note johnny. You're not able to recognize reality when you see it. Your headline should be just the opposite. "One black man never stops getting attention" It's a fucking bore.

Anonymous said...

do all of you realize that this is someone's husband, someone's father, someone's friend that we are talking about?? you are acting like it is just some story from some book that you read! this is real life and if it happened to you, i'm pretty sure that you would raise hell too! this man's family and friends are the ones that are making a big deal. i don't think that anyone should critisize a family for trying to in some way rectify this horrible action. it doesn't matter if he was black or white or red or yellow or blue... HE WAS A FREAKING PERSON! i just thin k it is good that he affected so many people that are going to miss him so terribly. i would encourage anyone to act the same way in a similar situation, regardless of race.

what if this was you? you would take action, right? why are you critisizing the family for taking action? i'm sure all of you that re critisizing have done nothing to help out either..maybe it just takes a wake up call.

ALEX said...

Emoting publicly serves a purpose - to relieve your stress and rage - but it doesn't contribute much toward understanding why the murder of Phil Bates happened, why it was "Fishy."

Are we going to pass over that insight, shed public tears only, and point fingers at the wrong people - the victims?

Activism demands more than emoting. You have to fight steel with steel. Where's the steel? "Steel" is knowledge.

Who murdered Bates, and why?

Here are some facts about Phil Bates that you don't know because you were all too wrapped up in public displays of emotion:

Bates was but one of many bio-chemists murdered under suspicious circumstances.

The company he worked for, Patheon - a partnet of Aventis, remember that name - wants to put CONTAMINATED PHARMACEUTICALS FROM PEURTO RICO on the market domestically. Poor quality drugs would be a problem for Bates, a quality control chemist.

So he was shot.

BTW, AN AVENTIS EXECUTIVE, WHICH HAS A STAKE IN THE BAD PHARMACEUTICALS, EXECUTIVE DIED ON COMAIR FLIGHT 5191 THE VERY NEXT DAY:

Husband Of School Board Member Shot To Death

Reported by: 9News
Web produced by: Liz Foreman
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 8/27/2006 8:33:07 AM

Last updated: 8/27/2006 9:58:13 AM

A Cincinnati school board member's husband is dead after being found shot on his front porch Saturday night.
A neighbor told 9News they heard one shot fired, then heard a woman scream around 1 a.m. That neighbor called 911.

Once police arrived to the Rose Hill Avenue home, they found Phillip Bates suffering from a single gunshot wound - he later died at the hospital.

Phillip Bates, 55, was the husband of Melanie Bates.

Melanie and her daughter rode downtown with police after the shooting. There is no word from the family.
There is no word about who shot Phillip Bates or how the shooting happened.

The following is the full text from a Cincinnati Police press release:

CINCINNATI POLICE DEPARTMENT 
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION 
MEDIA RELEASE 
August 27, 2006

Homicide Unit Investigation

On August 27, 2006, at 1241 a.m., District Four police officers responded to a reported shooting in the area of Clinton Springs and Rose Hill Lane. Upon arrival, police officers discovered an unconscious white male mortally wounded from a gunshot lying on the front porch of 3937 Rose Hill Avenue.
The victim, identified as Mr. Phillip M. Bates MW 55 (DOB: 2-1-51), was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Anyone with information about this offense is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.
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Medallion Left At Bates Murder Scene May Hold Clue

Reported by: 9News
Web produced by: Neil Relyea
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 9/4/2006 10:40:24 PM
Last Updated: 9/4/2006 11:15:42 PM

Police hope new evidence will give them a break in the Phillip Bates murder case.
Cincinnati police are hoping that someone will recognize a key chain medallion or pendant left at the scene of the murder.
Police say it is in the shape of a "kokopelli" and that it may have been on a key chain.
Homicide detectives found it at the scene after Bates was shot to death outside his home on Rose Hill Avenue in North Avondale over one week ago.
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http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/08/27/bates_murder.html

Husband Of School Board Member Shot To Death

The senselessness of the shooting is what is astounding to his friends because they say there would be no point in harming Phil Bates.

Bates was a chemist for many years and worked in quality assurance at PATHEON Corporation here in Cincinnati.
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Khashoggi Connection: On the Patheon Board of directors

http://www.patheon.com/investor/corporategovernance.htm

Gregory C. Wilkins Mr. Wilkins is Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director of Barrick Gold Corporation.
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Patheon is an Aventis Partner

http://www.advancesinlifescience.com/news_29.htm

Patheon buys Aventis site in US

16 October 2002 - News Editor
Patheon’s strategic platform launched in US

$30m deal provides 530 pharma manufacturing jobs and introduces a ’second tier’ in outsourcing structure

Patheon Inc. based in Mississauga, Toronto in Canada will provide long-term manufacturing and supply services to Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal where Patheon buys the Aventis pharmaceutical manufacturing and development site located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The agreement means Patheon provides employment to all 530 employees while continuing to manufacture and supply all Aventis products currently produced at the site.

Patheon will also take over from Aventis existing service contracts with ten third-party pharmaceutical companies.

Bob Tedford, CEO of Patheon Inc. sees the US as an important market for Patheon. "The Cincinnati site will bring a conveniently located operating presence to serve that market." ...

The facility is located on a life sciences campus, which incorporates the University of Cincinnati Genomics Research Institute and a development scale manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients

Projected revenues in the first 12 months of operation will be in the range of US $95 million. About 28% of this will be from manufacturing and supply agreements with Aventis that have an initial term of five years with renewal provisions.

http://www.governor.ohio.gov/releases/Archive2002/101602patheon.htm
GOVERNOR APPLAUDS PATHEON'S U.S. EXPANSION PLAN
Canadian Drug Company To Acquire Ohio Operation, Hire 150 Researchers


CINCINNATI (October 16, 2002) - Governor Bob Taft today commended Patheon, Inc. of Canada on its plan to invest $62 million to acquire and expand Aventis Pharmeceuticals' operation in Reading (Hamilton County).
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As a result the Canadian company has appointed a special committee to “evaluate strategic and financial alternatives” while putting on hold its search for a new CEO, a tell sign that the sale of the firm is one of the options considered.

Patheon acquired Puerto Rican drug manufacturer MOVA for $350m in late 2004, attracted by Puerto Rico's low corporate tax rate and low labour costs, but has struggled to streamline operations since then.

The most serious problem in the third quarter in Puerto Rico occurred at the Caguas facility, where it was discovered that some batches of an undisclosed product might not achieve their expected shelf life.

Patheon decided to temporarily stop production, and after considering data accumulated from stability studies conducted throughout the month of August, the company took corrective actions and in early September it allowed the release of shipments of finished product representing approximately 90 per cent of the total production volumes.

Meanwhile, an inactive ingredient for a different product made at the Carolina facility was temporarily unavailable, though this did not disrupt the client's inventory and the situation has now been remedied.

Additionally, there has been a year-over-year decline in volumes of a generic product manufactured in Puerto Rico as one of Patheon's clients lost a major account earlier this year, while volumes of Merck's blockbuster cholesterol drug Zocor (simvastatin) have also dropped due to its patent expiration last summer.

All these issues, in conjunction with the cost of corrective action the company had to take to address production issues with Abbott's antibiotic Omnicef (cefdinir), were responsible for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in Puerto Rico of $3.5m in losses in the third quarter, compared with a positive EBITDA of $4.8m in the same period last year.

Even if it wasn't for Puerto Rico and the $254.7m impairment charge that wiped off Patheon's earnings, the company would have still shown a net loss of $13.6m from a $13.2m net profit a year ago.

This is because the efficiencies and cost savings in Patheon's global manufacturing operations promised last quarter with the launch of a vague “Performance Enhancement Programme” have not yet materialised; as a percentage of revenues, the EBITDA margin was 8.5 per cent in Q3 2006, compared with 14.5 per cent in the same period a year ago.

In Canada for example, gains from higher capacity utilisation, particularly at the Whitby and Toronto York Mills facilities, were small and offset by the impact of the strengthening of the Canadian dollar, so EBIDTA there dropped $0.2m to $6.6m.

Across the pond in Europe, gains in sterile product volumes at the two manufacturing sites in Italy were offset by declines in mature product volumes at Swindon, UK and Bourgoin-Jallieu, France, resulting in an EBITDA of $8.3m, a $1m year-on-year decrease.

Nevertheless, in a conference with financial analysts, Patheon's president Nick DiPietro defended the restructuring scheme.

“A lot of work has been done by the company over the past three months, we have come up with a restructuring initiative in consultation with an outside firm that has solved many problems, like eliminating backorders at Whitby, and we will launch the same programme in Puerto Rico,” he said.

“A more detailed plan with more comprehensive initiatives will be shown to the committee to consider within the context of the whole strategic review we are undertaking.”

Even if Patheon is not put up for sale, the company's 5,900 employees who work at 14 facilities in North America and Europe fear that reforms may cut many jobs.

Yet there is some consolation in that revenues jumped 6 per cent to $189.2m, driven by commercial manufacturing services for prescription drugs in Europe, over-the-counter manufacturing in North America and product development services (PDS) growth in both North America and Europe.

In PDS, Patheon's EBITDA was $5.9m, up $1.6m year-on-year, mainly thanks to the Swindon unit where additional laboratory space was brought on line in Q3.

Moreover, the transfer of products into Italy and France from two carve-out initiatives has reached its final stages, while there has also been progress in the construction of a new facility in Swindon dedicated to lyophilized cephalosporins, as the equipment and the operating systems have been fully commissioned, validation batches are expected to be completed in October and the site is on track for commercial production in August 2007.

Looking ahead, Patheon did not issue specific guidance but said that revenues in the fourth quarter of 2006 are expected to be slightly lower than the third quarter.

In Canada, there will be a reduction in volumes at the Whitby facility as the backorder position has been resolved, while in Europe, results will be impacted by normal summer shut downs, the company suggested.

The future in Puerto Rico looks brighter, since shipments have resumed of the product manufactured in Caguas for which stability-related issues had been previously identified and volumes are also expected to increase in Carolina as clients build inventory levels in preparation for the cough and cold season.
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Patheon's Financial Woes are Due to PHARMACEUTICAL QUALITY CONTROL Problems.
Philip Bates was a quality control chemist.

Patheon's future up in the air as profits plummet
http://www.in-pharmatechnologist.com/nl/arc/IPd_2006-09-25.htm

By Gregory Roumeliotis

25/09/2006 - Patheon’s move to Puerto Rico is shaping up to be the worst decision the contract manufacturer has ever made, resulting in massive losses in the third quarter of 2006 and leading management to entertain the possibility of a sell-out.

Anonymous said...

"I've been listening to Black talk radio lately (in addition to talking to lots of Black people everyday) and I get the sense that an awful lot of Black people feel sorry for Melanie but they think: (1) Melanie has a lot of power in this city and could've raised her voice to help stop the violence destroying the Black community but never did so why should the Black community care about the death of her white husband..."

It's very sad that we can't come together as a city to deal with this issue. How can you blame someone for taking a personal interest in stopping violence after their husband is shot dead on their porch? Certainly, you will feel more impacted by violence when someone you love is killed than when anyone else, black, white, or yellow is killed in your neighborhood. We need to learn to be more compassionate for the losses of others, no matter their race. Empathy would go a long way towards helping to grow our city.

Anonymous said...

Could it not also be due in part to the culture that African Americans stay silent witnesses and don't come forward with either information they have or aren't as loud with their outrage out of legitimate fear of retribution from the criminals who committed the murder(s) in the first place? Could it also be due to education on how to go about such advocacy? Could it also be because generational poverty has excluded these victims families from being able to afford the appropriate counsel to help with their case? All these things I think would be extremely overwhelming. There are so many factors, and not all white people value one life over another! The story I read today about Coach Vince Ward and his years coaching young boys baseball in Avondale was heartbreaking; the stories of the men who have needlessly died so young, or who are now rotting in prison, doomed to repeat the cycle when they serve their sentence, if they ever get out, seems so hopeless. But, it's going to have to take a culture shift to get out of that hopelessness and people putting in the time and effort with their local government, their neighborhoods, and their owns families and homes. I know this because I was born in an inner city environment, in a hispanic neighborhood, where drugs and violence took over. I was placed in foster care and adopted 6 years later... But I know from where I came and it breaks my heart that not only have the others on the outside ignored these issues, and not put forth the effort to care or change, so have those who live there in it every day. I am now involved in a church in the city that is not of working to be racially reconciled, but to be invested into the lives of city youth through Taft elementary, summer programs for at-risk youth, weekly kid's programs, single mom assistance, and much more. Step up. Give back. Don't just be outraged and shout about what's wrong, but work to bring about the change you want and your community so desperately needs.