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


Eddings promoted as new Cricket Australia (CA) chairman

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgMelbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of a former first-grade batsman and president of Premier Cricket side North Melbourne, Earl Eddings as its new Chairman. David Peever resigned from the position following the publication of the Longstaff Review, and Eddings, recently elected the deputy chair, has been promoted.Eddings became a CA Director in 2008 and has been an active member of the Audit and Risk, and People and Culture Committees as well as an alternative Director for the past 18 months at International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. His current term is scheduled to run till the CA’s Annual General Meeting in 2019.“Cricket is only what it is in Australia because of the commitment of our people, the fans and the thousands of volunteers around the country. I am honoured to serve in this position and am committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud of,” Eddings said in a statement.“It’s important that, along with our owners, the State and Territory Associations, the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, that we work harder than ever before to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds across the country and continue to strengthen cricket’s privileged position as Australia’s favourite summer pastime, whether you are a spectator, player or volunteer,” he added. (IANS) Also read: Sports Newslast_img read more


Mervana Jugić won the title in double match

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgBiH tennis player Mervana Jugić-Salkić won the title at double match of ITF Tournament of Trnava (Slovakia) worth 75 000 USD.Jugić-Salkić, paired with Czech tennis player Renata Voracov, defeated Slovak pair Jana Cepelova and Anna Karolina Schmiedel with 6:1, 6:1.Jugić-Salkić is a 33 year-old BiH tennis player. In 2004 she was ranked 99 player of the World.On 10 July 2006, Jugić-Salkić reached No. 59 in doubles, after winning ASB Classic in 2004 with Jelena Kostanić and Internazionali di Modena in 2005 with Yulia Beygelzimer. She also won 15 singles and 42 doubles events organized by International Tennis Federation. Jugić-Salkić represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2004 Summer Olympic. During her long career, she defeated players such as Yan Zi, Victoria Azarenka, Bethanie Mattek, Sania Mirza, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Nuria Llagostera Vives and Sybille Bammer.(D.J.)last_img read more


Norfolk’s Steve Warren is South East Steward of the Year

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_img16 Nov 2013 Norfolk’s Steve Warren is South East Steward of the Year Norfolk’s Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club has won the title of Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South East region. He received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. Steve, who has been at the Norwich club for less than two years, remarked: “I must thank the members for making me so welcome and for putting me here. It’s a pleasure to look after them and to try to raise the profile of the club so everyone knows they’ll be assured of a fantastic welcome when they visit.” Club captain Trevor Seadon added: “We are enormously proud of Steve for his work in making the club such a welcoming place for existing members, new members and visitors alike.”    The competition, to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards, is run by Fuller’s and England Golf and is now in its seventh year. The 2013 edition attracted a record entry, with over 700 votes cast and more stewards nominated than ever before. Steve Warren won the vote of Eaton’s members and visitors just 18 months after joining the club. He is passionate about providing the best possible standards of service and running a vibrant social programme, with the reward of increasing profits. He listens to members and pays attention to getting small details right. Steve runs regular Fish and Chip Fridays as well as a host of special events, which are often over-subscribed, such as a wine tasting, murder mystery night and a boys’ night in. Meanwhile, the Christmas menu has already attracted over 250 bookings. A new screen in the clubhouse promotes social events, welcomes visitors and recognises members’ achievements – with Steve quick to take and add pictures of successful players. He worked with a club captain to set up a half-way house beside the 10th tee and the venture proved so popular it paid for itself before the end of the season. Steve has also found ways to communicate with the local community about the club’s offers and, crucially, to stay in email contact with visitors. Steve, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chief executive David Joy and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. The other three were: national and Northern winners, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow, Cheshire; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen, Worcestershire; and South West winner, for the second year in succession, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park in Devon. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2012 Steward of the Year, Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, joined the judges to whittle down the record entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Steve is pictured with England Golf chief executive, David Joy (left), and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager (right). Image © Gill Shawlast_img read more


Paytm and Riot Games to host Teamfight Tactics Tournament: prize pool of Rs 75,000!

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: PaytmFirstGames/Red BullAdvertisement 98mxnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1fuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb9rewlb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4nlWould you ever consider trying this?😱5r11zCan your students do this? 🌚78Roller skating! Powered by Firework The past few months of COVID-19 lock down has seen a steady increment in the popularity of eSports, with a number of tournaments for casual and professional players to take part on. Now, Paytm First Games has teamed up with Riot Games, the publisher of the famous auto battler game Teamfight Tactics to announce ‘Teamfight Tactics Tournament’, with an astounding prize pool of Rs 75,000!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PaytmFirstGames/Red BullTeamfight Tactics, the renowned free-for-all game mobile game will be having its first ever eSports tournament of the famous mobile game in India. A total of 512 players from India will be able to take part in the tournament, which will be held from 17th to 21st June.Registrations have started from 9th June, and interested players will have to resgister through Paytm First Games app.Advertisement The tournament was announced today on Twitter by Paytm First Games.Released in June 2019, Teamfight Tactics quickly became one of the fastest growing mobile games, reaching an astounding player base of 33 million in September last year.The auto battler, game, which takes place in the League of Legends universe, pits eight players together in a round, who then have to battle it out using constructing and optimising team compositions, and the last player standing emerges victorious.The tournament, which will have a number of elimination formats, will have a prize money of ₹45,000 for 1st place, ₹20,000 for 2nd place and ₹10,000 for 3rd place.“Namaste India. We are extremely proud to partner with PFG (Paytm First Games) to bring TFTm (Teamfight Tactics Tournament mobile) to where it matters most to us at Riot, which is our players,” Sukamal Pegu, Riot Games South Asia’s Publishing Head said.“We have great plans for India considering that we have just started our journey on mobile this year. Our relationship with India is just starting and we will work hard to constantly delight our fans and players here,”Pegu added.“This Teamfight Tactics tournament will be the biggest one ever organized in India in terms of prize money and participation. We are going to live with it in the next xx days and hope to expand our partnership with Riot in the near future,” Sudhanshu Gupta, the COO of Paytm First Games spoke about the tournament.Interested players can register for the tournament through Paytm here.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Darren Sammy claims he was racially abused at Sunrisers Hyderabad: Irfan Pathan replies!Double trouble: Khel Ratna awardees’ Arjuna aspiration leaves officials puzzled Advertisementlast_img read more