Vermont to get $500,000 in suit against drug maker

first_imgAttorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont has joined with other states and the federal government and reached an agreement in principle with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, to settle allegations it engaged in an off-label marketing campaign that improperly promoted the antipsychotic drug, Seroquel. AstraZeneca will pay the states and the federal government a total of $520 million in damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid and various federal healthcare programs for harm suffered as a result of this conduct. Vermont s federal and state share of the settlement is approximately a half million dollars.Since Vermont s Medicaid program is paid with both state and federal dollars, the Medicaid program will receive a check for approximately $200,000 after the federal share is deducted. Attorney General William Sorrell hailed the settlement as “a significant victory for Vermont and its consumers.” The improper marketing practices in this case were particularly egregious given the fact that the unapproved uses of these powerful medications were often targeted at our most vulnerable citizens.Seroquel is one of a newer generation of antipsychotic medications (called atypical antipsychotics) used to treat certain psychological disorders. From January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2006, AstraZeneca promoted the sale and use of Seroquel for certain uses that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved. The settlement resolves a government investigation into promotional activities undertaken by AstraZeneca that were directed not only to psychiatrists but also to primary care physicians and other health care professionals for unapproved uses in the treatment of medical conditions such as aggression, Alzheimer s disorder, anger management, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dementia and sleeplessness.In implementing its marketing campaign, AstraZeneca was also alleged to have made illegal payments to physicians, paying their way to travel to resort locations to advise AstraZeneca about marketing messages for unapproved uses, to serve as authors of articles written by AstraZeneca and its agents, and to conduct studies for unapproved uses of Seroquel. The settlement resolves claims that, as a result of these promotional activities, AstraZeneca caused physicians to prescribe Seroquel for children, adolescents and dementia patients in long term care facilities, which are uses that were not medically accepted indications for which state Medicaid programs would approve reimbursement.As part of the settlement, AstraZeneca will enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, which will closely monitor the company s future marketing and sales practices.This settlement is based on qui tam cases that were filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by relators private parties who filed actions under state and federal false claims statutes.A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units team participated in the investigation and conducted the settlement negotiations with AstraZeneca on behalf of the settling states. Team members included representatives from New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas and California.Source: Vermont AG. 5.5.2010last_img read more

NegOcc stores told to follow new SRPs of basic, prime goods

first_imgFor other necessities, bread costsP21.50 to P35; instant noodles, P6.45 to P7.75; salt, P3.55 to P23.55;detergent soap, P16.35 to P21; distilled bottled water, P11 to P85; purifiedwater, P6 to P19.50; mineralized water, P6 to P72; and candles, P29.75 to P115,still depending on the brand and net weight. Prices of 25 grams to 50 grams of refillcoffee range from P16.95 to P39.40 while three-in-one original is priced atP4.10 to P7.85 per 17 grams to 33 grams of various brands. “We are set to release the list ofestablishments in the province through the price monitoring team. Erringestablishments may be charged with profiteering,” Amihan added. BACOLOD City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in NegrosOccidental reminded establishments in the province, including those in thiscapital city, to comply with the new suggested retail prices (SRPs) of basicand prime goods. Minimum prices of prime commodities,such as meatloaf range from P16.50 to P19.80; corned beef, P26 to P32; and beefloaf, P15.75 to P24.90. (With a report from PNA/PN) Price adjustments for bottled water aremainly due to the rising cost of raw materials, packaging materials, andsafeguard duty imposed, it added. Romel Amihan, the senior trade andindustry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said they received onTuesday the memorandum from the central office on the new SRPs effective Sept.30.center_img For milk, condensed costs between P28and P72; evaporated, P21 to P57; and powdered milk, P43.50 to P73.30. The Department of Trade and Industry assured the public on Saturday that there would be no price increases of prime and basic commodities as well as noche buena items until next year. PNA Necessities included in the DTImonitoring are products such as soap, milk, coffee, salt, bread, and sardines,while examples of prime commodities are all kinds of canned goods exceptsardines. The new SRPs for canned sardines intomato sauce range from P13.25 to P17.25, depending on the brand and netweight. Based on the memorandum, price increaseswere noted among selected canned sardines, noodles, coffee refill, andthree-in-one variants, processed canned meat, condiments, and toilet soap.last_img read more

Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restart

first_img La Blaugrana restart their title defence with a trip to the Balearic Islands on June 13, ahead of a high stakes end of season run in. However, the defending champions have been boosted by the news that Messi is on track to recover from a thigh injury.Advertisement “Messi has not trained due to a precaution, but he is perfectly fine and will not have any problems,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “We are facing a concentrated run of games, and I want to have Messi on the pitch as much as possible.” Setien also confirmed Luis Suarez is back in full training and the Uruguayan international will be included in the squad to face Vicente Moreno’s side. Read Also: Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at AnfieldThe former Liverpool man has been sidelined since January, after undergoing knee surgery, but due to the extension of the 2019-20 season, he is now set to return.French international pair Ousmane Dembele and Clement Lenglet will miss out, through injury and suspension respectively, with Samuel Umtiti set to step in for Lenglet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona boss Quique Setien has confirmed Lionel Messi will be fit for their La Liga clash away at Real Mallorca this weekend.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)Behind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visitlast_img read more

Bundesliga’s Der Klassiker Live on StarTimes/HS Media Theatre

first_imgSince January 20 the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A matches and the European qualifiers to the 2018 World Cup have been broadcast live accompanied with quality analysis by knowledgeable Nigerians.On Saturday, the selected audience, according to Taye Ige, the CEO of HS Media Group, will watch the game live on the biggest screen available and in the very cosy ambience of the newly completed studio no. 2 inside the sprawling HS Media Group headquarters.Bayern have won more honours but few sides in Europe can match their rivals, Dortmund for thrilling, effective football which will make every minute of Saturday’s viewing well spent.The rivalry between the two Bundesliga giants is something comparable only to that of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Der Klassiker was indeed derived from the Spanish El Classico.The German rivalry expanded in the 1990s. Since 1994, only four clubs other than Bayern and Dortmund have won the German league with Bayern having won 12 titles and Dortmund five.The Der Klissiker was superbly heightened between 1994 and 1998 when Dortmund won two Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League at rivals Bayern’s home ground.Ige stressed that the idea of bringing these shakers and movers in the marketing communications industry to the HotSports theatre is to bring home to them the potential of the Bundesliga to help them reach their various audience in an experiential way and to give them a closer view of what Nigerian fans have experienced in the comfort of their homes over the months.He said, “First, it is important to give these men and ladies the opportunity to relax but above that, we want them to see what we have been able achieve so far with the highly competitive and extremely entertaining German League. After this they should be able to see the world of football, the excitement it generates and therefore the marketing possibilities from a broader perspective.”Dortmund are stepping out with their share of internal issues as forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in trouble with his club after pulling a mask stunt in the Ruhr derby against Schalke.Aubameyang pulled on a mask after scoring in the 1-1 draw Saturday, as he’s done before with Spiderman and Batman masks, but this time it was the mask he had worn as ‘The Masked Finisher’ for a Nike commercial. And that is where the trouble lies.Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker magazine, ‘It can’t be that Nike is trying to push economic interests in this way.’He added it’s ‘unworthy of a large concern.’Dortmund uses Nike rival Puma as its official equipment supplier.On Saturday, Watzke had said that if it turned out to be true that Aubameyang’s action was linked to Nike, it would be ‘possibly a bit more difficult’ for Aubameyang.Whichever way it turns out, the former African Footballer of the Year will be of keen interest in that game for Nigerian and indeed African fans.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram This Saturday’s Bundesliga El-Clasico between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – the two superpowers of German football promises to be full of surprises.Already, StarTimes/HS Media has selected industry topnotch to view the game live at its ultra modern studios in Oregun, Lagos.last_img read more