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

Our financial literacy efforts get an ‘F’

first_imgIf America were to get a grade in personal finance, it would be an “F.” According to Forbes, “Two-thirds of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test.” But more important than a test score is the critical state of most Americans’ finances:● 44% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency without going into debt.● 43% of student loan borrowers are behind on loan payments.● 56% of Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement.To make things worse, Americans are averse to discussing finances, even with those they love. CNBC reports that 44% of Americans “would rather discuss death, religion or politics than talk about personal finance with a loved one.” This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Belgium vs England: Red Devils beat England to claim World Cup bronze

first_imgNew Delhi: Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Belgium and England lock horns for the second time in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 as they eye for a third place finish at Saint Petersburg.Key battle: As long as they are not rested, England’s Harry Kane (six) and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (four) will both be looking to finish the WC with the much-coveted Golden Boot.Stat attack: The last four World Cup third-place play-off matches have ended with 3.0+ goals scored, including 4.0+ goals in three of those four. Highlights of Belgium vs England:# That’s all for today as the game is over and Belgium get the Third Place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. # 90+2′ Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.# 90′ Harry Maguire (England) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.# 3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.# 85′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.# 84′ Dele Alli (England) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek.# 82′ GOAL! Kevin De Bruyne shows great vision to find Eden Hazard (Belgium) with a cheeky pass inside the box, and his first-time shot is precise and sails into the bottom left corner. 2:0.# 80′ Marcus Rashford (England) produces a good strike that sails to the middle of the goal, but his low effort ends up in the goalkeeper’s gloves.# 80′ A big opportunity is wasted by Thomas Meunier (Belgium), who makes a yard for himself and produces a mid-range rocket of a shot towards the middle of the goal. Unfortunately for him, Jordan Pickford pulls off a fantastic save to stop the effort.# 78′ We are about to witness a substitution. Mousa Dembele (Belgium) is replacing Youri Tielemans.# 76′ Dries Mertens (Belgium) receives a pass and unleashes a shot which goes well wide of the right post.# 74′ CHANCE! What an opportunity! Harry Maguire (England) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the left post.# 74′ Eric Dier (England) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot, but it goes narrowly wide of the left post!# 73′ Marcus Rashford (England) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic from the opposition and they easily clear.# 73′ The free kick is taken by Kieran Trippier (England), but ball is cleared. England will have a chance to score from a corner kick.# 72′ Poor challenge! Vincent Kompany (Belgium) is penalised for tripping and Alireza Faghani blows his whistle. A free kick has been awarded to England.# 72′ John Stones (England) wins the ball from the corner and heads at goal from near the penalty spot, but it’s a soft effort and drifts well past the left post.# 69′ CHANCE! Eric Dier (England) wastes a golden opportunity inside the box by shooting straight into the back of an opponent when the goal was at his mercy. Now England have a corner.# 67′ 8:8 – the total goal attempt statistics. 2:3 – this is the current number of shots on target.# 66′ Harry Kane (England) wins the ball after the corner kick and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players.# 65′ Kieran Trippier (England) delivers a promising cross into the box, but it’s cleared. The referee points to the corner flag. It’s a corner to England.# 63′ The corner kick from Dries Mertens (Belgium) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.# 63′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. The ball goes out of play. Belgium are awarded a corner kick.# 62′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.# 62′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) once again attempts to send a defence-splitting pass, but the opposition’s defence is alert and intercepts the ball. Belgium force a corner. Their opponents will face another attacking threat.# 60′ The substitution is prepared. Dries Mertens (Belgium) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Romelu Lukaku.# 58′ Fabian Delph (England) sends a long ball in, but Thibaut Courtois comfortably gathers the ball.# 55′ CHANCE! Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) tries to create a chance, but Lukaku puts a heavy touch on it yet again.# 54′ Jesse Lingard (England) misses the target from a promising position, sending the ball well wide of the left post.# 53′ The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England).# 52′ What was John Stones (England) thinking? He will not get away with that. The referee shows him a yellow card.# 51′ Thibaut Courtois leaps to collect the ball from the corner which was sent over by Kieran Trippier (England).# 50′ Kieran Trippier (England) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger. The ball goes out of play. England are awarded a corner kick.# 50′ Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) tackles a bit over-zealously and Alireza Faghani blows for a foul. A free kick is awarded to England.# 49′ Phil Jones (England) sends a cross into the box, but Thibaut Courtois comes off his line to gather the ball.# 47′ Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.# Second half begins!# Gareth Southgate has made a change at the break. Marcus Rashford has come on in place of Raheem Sterling (England).# Half-time substitution. Gareth Southgate decided to make a change. Danny Rose is replaced by Jesse Lingard (England).# The first half of today’s match has just finished. # 45+2′ Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) weaves his way through opponents and strikes the ball from the edge of the area, but it’s blocked by a defender. Belgium force a corner. They send men into the box.# The fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.# 45′ Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) connects with a pass but sees his shot from the edge of the box blocked.# 44′ Thomas Meunier (Belgium) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out.# 43′ Alireza Faghani blows his whistle and it’s Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.# 39′ Substitution. Nacer Chadli walks off the pitch and Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) comes on as a substitute.# 38′ Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it’s cleared by an opposing player. The referee points to the corner flag and Belgium will take a corner.# 36′ Nacer Chadli (Belgium) is asking for medical treatment, but he will have to leave the pitch in order to receive help from the physio.# 34′ CHANCE! A rebound spins to Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) inside the box, but his sliced shot flies just over the bar.# 34′ This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).# 34′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but only hits one of the opposition, who gets in the way of his effort. The ball goes out of play and Belgium have been awarded a corner kick.# 33′ Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.# 29′ Youri Tielemans (Belgium) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but it is bravely blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.# 27′ Thomas Meunier (Belgium) delivers a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, an opposition defender is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.# 24′ Raheem Sterling (England) unleashes a shot, but his effort is poor and floats high over the bar.# 24′ A clever short pass gives Harry Kane (England) a clear goal scoring opportunity, but he fluffs his lines and rifles the ball well wide of the left post.# 20′ Harry Maguire (England) peeled away from his marker and got on the end of the resulting corner, but he sends his header straight at the goalkeeper.# 19′ Kieran Trippier (England) is about to take a corner kick.# 19′ Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) tries to send a low pass into the box, but it’s blocked and cleared. England have been awarded a corner kick.# 16′ CHANCE! Lovely run from Romelu Lukaku (Belgium). He finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, lines up a shot, but the keeper boldly launches himself to intercept the ball.# 14′ Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) is well placed to meet a cross and sends a difficult header towards the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper reacts well to stop the effort.# 14′ Fabian Delph (England) gets a shot from distance but fails to generate enough power to beat the goalkeeper.# 13′ Eden Hazard (Belgium) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.# 12′ CHANCE! What a wasted opportunity by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)! He creates some space for himself inside the penalty box and unleashes a decent strike towards the middle of the net, but Jordan Pickford makes a comfortable save to thwart him.# 11′ Raheem Sterling (England) strikes the ball towards goal, but it fails to reach the target after being well blocked by one of the defenders. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Did you know? 🤔@BelRedDevils have won only two of their 22 matches against @England – but they tasted victory against #ENG in the #WorldCup last month!More stats and facts ahead of #BELENG 👉— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 13, 20182002: 🇹🇷2006: 🇩🇪2010: 🇩🇪2014: 🇳🇱2018: 🇧🇪or 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿? Who will finish third at this #WorldCup today? #BELENG— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018″It’s an opportunity for us to reach something we’ve never reached before, and that’s third place in a #WorldCup” Roberto Martinez is relishing the chance of securing @BelRedDevils’ best-ever performance at a World Cup today in #BELENG— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018 # Belgium XI vs England: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli; De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku# England XI vs Belgium: Pickford; Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier; Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek; Sterling, Kane # 10′ Kieran Trippier (England) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and snuff out the opportunity.# 9′ Alireza Faghani blows the whistle, Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) is penalised for a foul. England will take a free kick near the side line.# 8′ Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate who is lurking close to the offside line, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.# 7′ Phil Jones (England) serves up a nice cross, but the defence clears the danger.# 4′ GOAL! Nacer Chadli plays a terrific cross over to Thomas Meunier (Belgium), who finds some space inside the box and puts the ball into the back of the net.# 2′ Eric Dier (England) attempts a long crossfield pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball.# Kick off!# Three out of Belgium’s six Russia 2018 matches and four of England’s six have seen both sides score# The last two meetings between the sides have both finished 1-0 (one win each).last_img read more

Sharks waiting for veteran defenseman to take charge

first_imgSAN JOSE — This would seem like the ideal season for defenseman Tim Heed to take a step forward and become the type of player that can dress for a large majority of the Sharks’ regular season games.After all, the Sharks traded Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers in June, creating a chance for a right shot defenseman to establish himself on the third pair. It made sense that Heed, after he signed a one-year contract in July to return for his fourth season in the Sharks organization, would …last_img read more

Warriors’ TV team adds Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi, Brian Shaw

first_imgNBC Sports Bay Area is loading up on star power for a new era of Warriors basketball.The regional sports cable network announced Monday that it has added Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw to its roster of studio analysts for the 2019-20 season. On a rotating basis, they’ll take over for Kelenna Azubuike, who moves from the studio to the network’s in-game coverage with longtime play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald and sideline reporter Kerith Burke.NBC Sports Bay Area (NBCSBA) is set to …last_img read more

New overtime threshold takes effect

first_img19 March 2003Employees who earn more than R115 575 per annum will, from 24 March, not be guaranteed overtime payment by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.However, the Department of Labour says overtime payments for such employees can still be made if agreement is reached between employer and employee.Labour Department spokesman Snuki Zikalala said the move by the department aims to enable workers who earn less than R115 572 per annum to qualify automatically for overtime pay.The earnings threshold, which applies to both the public and private sector, is the wage level above which employees are excluded from the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act relating to the payment of overtime. The new threshold represents a R16 117 a year increase on the old level.The Act stipulates that overtime must be paid at 1.5 times the employee’s normal wage, with the option that an employee may agree to paid time off in return for overtime work.Senior management employees, employees engaged as sales staff who travel to the premises of customers and who regulate their own hours of work, and employees who work less than 24 hours a month, remain excluded from these overtime provisions.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Sotto is center of attention in Eaglets triumph

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sotto bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player plum after boasting an incredible stat line in the best-of-three title series: 17.0 points per game built on a 63 percent shooting clip, 12.3 rebounds and 6.3 blocksThe 15-year-old swatted 19 shots in the series, while all the rest of the players had 15 blocks combined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Ateneo still found a gritty challenger in Nazareth School of National University before the Blue Eaglets hacked out a 63-58 escape in the deciding Game 3 on Friday to complete the school’s double crown in the men’s and juniors’ divisions.“I just told the boys to stay composed. We’ll fight back,” said coach Joe Silva. Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Sotto displayed that composure as he nailed the go-ahead putback with 25.3 seconds left that shattered a 58-58 deadlock.In the thrilling final stretch, SJ Belangel sealed the win for the Blue Eaglets after sinking two clutch free throws in the last 9.8 seconds.Sotto survived a foul-plagued outing and helped Ateneo recover from a 54-48 deficit, scoring seven of his 19 points in the last 4:18, while also hauling down 13 rebounds and rejecting three shots.Belangel chipped in 16 markers and eight boards, while Dave Ildefonso got a near-double-double with his 13 points and nine rebounds as the Blue Eaglets completed a fitting ending to to their near-perfect season.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kai Sotto PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netHe may just be too good—and too big—for juniors basketball.Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1 teen wonder, proved too dominant all season. And lucky for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, they got him on their side to romp to their first UAAP juniors championship in three years.ADVERTISEMENT Show of grit Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more