Vermont and 16 other states join suits against drug giant Wyeth

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont and sixteen other states have filed a joint motion to intervene in two whistleblower lawsuits against the drug manufacturer Wyeth. In the motion and accompanying complaint, filed last Friday, the States allege that Wyeth knowingly failed to report certain discounted prices of its drugs as required by laws governing the Medicaid program. As a result, Wyeth allegedly avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates owed to state Medicaid programs for its drugs, Protonix Oral and Protonix IV.”Vermont should not be forced to pay a premium price for these important drugs when it is entitled to a discount. By intervening in this case, we are attempting to protect the fiscal integrity of Vermont’s Medicaid program, and the health of the many Vermonters who depend upon it,” said Attorney General Sorrell.Under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, drug manufacturers are required to report to the government certain prices they charge their customers, including the “best price” offered for their drugs. They also are required to pay rebates to the state Medicaid programs which are calculated based on the reported discounted prices offered to other customers. Congress created the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program in order to ensure that Medicaid, the nation’s provider of health insurance to the poor and the disabled and one of the largest purchasers of drugs, receives the benefit of the same discounts offered to other large commercial customers in the marketplace.Between 2001 and 2006, Wyeth offered steep discounts to thousands of hospitals nationwide for Protonix Oral and Protonix IV, which are used to suppress stomach acid, under pricing arrangements known as “Protonix Performance Agreements.” These arrangements offered discounted prices based on certain conditions, such as market share or placement on formularies. The States allege that Wyeth was required under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to report prices paid by hospitals under this arrangement, and to pass along the benefit of the lower prices to the state Medicaid programs. Wyeth allegedly failed to do so and therefore avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicaid in rebates.Vermont’s role in the case, now pending in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, is being handled by the Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit. By intervening in the suits, Vermont seeks damages from Wyeth on behalf of its Medicaid program.Source: Vermont Attorney General. 5.10.2010last_img read more

Jackson kicks Ulster to victory

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Jackson converted and slotted four penalties, to trump Zebre centre Gonzalo Garcia’s six-point haul with the boot. Home full-back Guglielmo Palazzani crossed for Zebre’s only try of the clash. So that left Ulster to wear their hosts down, and force them into conceding the penalties for 21-year-old Jackson to convert. Attack-minded Jackson also had a hand in Ulster’s try, his smart reverse pass sending wing Craig Gilroy into space. Five-cap Ireland centre Cave cut a close line off Gilroy to complete the move. Ulster led 13-6 at half time, with Jackson adding his second two penalties after the interval. Palazzani claimed his try late on as the Italians finally breached Ulster’s stingy defence. Mark Anscombe’s Ulster side may have craved more try-scoring opportunities, but will be pleased to leave with victory. Italy forwards Mauro Bergamasco and Marco Bortolami led the Zebre charge, fighting hard to incite their team-mates to crack Ulster’s defence open in the second half. But the home side were unable to find the creativity required to outfox their Northern Irish visitors. Jackson continued his strong start to the season, leading the Ulster line with confidence. New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was impressed with Jackson’s progress during the autumn international series. Jackson controlled Ireland’s 40-9 victory over Samoa with ease. But he dropped out of the match squad for the Australia and New Zealand defeats, with Johnny Sexton fit again and Ian Madigan considered more versatile on the bench. Ireland boss Schmidt wants his young stars playing regularly and controlling matches. So the former New Zealand schoolteacher will be quietly contented to see Jackson still making solid progress, especially with Madigan battling for chances at Leinster with Kiwi Jimmy Gopperth. Press Association Ireland fly-half Jackson’s solid goal-kicking guided Ulster past the gritty Italian franchise in Parma, to their sixth win in seven league matches. Centre Darren Cave crossed for Ulster’s only try after 26 minutes. Paddy Jackson’s 14 points from the kicking tee proved decisive as Ulster ground out a hard-earned 19-11 RaboDirect Pro 12 victory at Zebre.last_img read more


Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgFlashback: Residents like this man in Ballymacool Terrace found their front doors glued last year.A 27-year-old man was in Garda custody last night charged in connection with a spate of ‘glue attacks’ on homes and cars.The suspect was first detained in the early hours of May 10 last year after reports of a man acting suspiciously near a car. Gardai arrived at the scene and detained a man wearing gloves and holding a tube of Superglue.More than 100 homes and cars had locks wrecked by glue in the Co Donegal town over a nine month period from September 2012 to May 2013.A wide-ranging Garda investigation followed and last night a suspect was arrested and charged in relation to several glue attacks.He remained in Garda custody overnight at Letterkenny Garda Station.He will appear at Letterkenny District Court later today on several criminal damage charges.It’s understood the bill for repairs which had to be carried out to homes and cars of residents – some of them pensioners – runs into several thousand euro.MAN CHARGED OVER GLUE ATTACKS ON HOMES AND CARS was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appearancecarsglue attackshomesletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more