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A lawsuit was filed against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department after Jonathan Cuevas was shot dead in 2010.A lawsuit was filed against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department after Jonathan... more
This has been a hot topic in Seattle for months now. I actually thought the authorities would use this case to teach the police some better behavior. There is a police video that shows that the officer stopped the car after he saw a man with a small knife and a piece of wood on his hand walk down the street, got out, yelled at the man, and, just four seconds after leaving the car, shot him dead with four bullets. Now the case is being made that this was all proper conduct. Makes me afraid to go for a walk myself - at my age, my hearing is not what it was, and I might not notice some young guy yelling after me, expecting me to stop and react.
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/435541_shooting15.htmlThis has been a hot topic in Seattle for months now. I actually thought the... more
Wheres the BEEF !?!
Nostalgia: When Bevo was barbecue, and other trials of Texas' most famous longhorn
-Jim Weber runs the college football and men’s basketball site LostLettermen.com. This week, he looks at the early trials of Bevo, introduced to Texas on Thanksgiving 1916, ahead of Thursday night's rivalry showdown between the Longhorns and Texas A&M in Austin.
-There isn't a fan base more proud of its school or more in love with its mascot than the faithful from the University of Texas. Longhorn fans stay true to their school by traveling en masse to road games, decking themselves head to toe in burnt orange and obsessively lashing the "Hook 'em Horns."
And they show their affection for the live longhorn mascot, Bevo, with endless merchandise that ranges from golf head covers to Halloween costumes, as well as a student group, the Silver Spurs, whose sole purpose is the care and transport of the 2,000-pound steer. These days, he's treated like royalty while taking in games from the field.
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 "top" homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: "Hang Them." Alongside their photos were the men's names and addresses.
In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.
A lawmaker in this conservative African country introduced a bill a year ago that would have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts and life in prison for others. An international uproar ensued, and the bill was quietly shelved.
But gays in Uganda say they have faced a year of harassment and attacks since the bill's introduction.
The legislation was drawn up following a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy they say allows gays to become heterosexual.
"Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality," said Patrick Ndede, 27. "The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us."
More than 20 homosexuals have been attacked over the last year in Uganda, and an additional 17 have been arrested and are in prison, said Frank Mugisha, the chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda. Those numbers are up from the same period two years ago, when about 10 homosexuals were attacked, he said.
The bill became political poison after the international condemnation. Many Christian leaders have denounced it, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signaled to legislators that they should not take it up.
Four members of parliament contacted by The Associated Press for this article declined to comment, and instead referred queries to David Bahati, the parliamentarian who introduced the bill. Bahati did not answer repeated calls Tuesday.
Homophobia is rife in many African countries. Homosexuality is punishable by death or imprisonment in Nigeria. In South Africa, the only African nation to recognize gay marriage, gangs carry out so-called "corrective" rapes on lesbians.
Solomon Male, a pastor and the head of a group of clergy in Uganda, said he is glad the anti-homosexual bill has not yet passed, but said there needs to be an investigation to find out "why homosexuality is increasing in the country."
The Oct. 9 article in a Ugandan newspaper called Rolling Stone - not the American magazine - came out five days before the one-year anniversary of the controversial legislation. The article claimed that an unknown but deadly disease was attacking homosexuals in Uganda, and said that gays were recruiting 1 million children by raiding schools, a common smear used in Uganda.
After the newspaper hit the streets, the government Media Council ordered the newspaper to cease publishing - not because of the newspaper's content, but rather that the newspaper had not registered with the government. After it completes the paperwork, Rolling Stone will be free to publish again, said Paul Mukasa, secretary of the Media Council.
That decision has angered the gay community further. Onziema said a lawsuit against Rolling Stone is in the works, and that she believes the publication has submitted its registration and plans to publish again.
"Such kind of media should not be allowed in Uganda. It is creating violence and calling for genocide of sex minorities," said Mugisha. "The law enforcers and government should come out and protect sex minorities from such media."
Rolling Stone does not have a large following in Uganda, a country of 32 million where about 85 percent of people are Christian and 12 percent are Muslim. The newspaper published its first edition on Aug. 23. It publishes about 2,000 copies, but a single newspaper in Uganda is often read by 10 more people.
The paper's managing editor, Giles Muhame, said the article was "in the public interest."
"We felt there was need for society to know that such characters exist amongst them. Some of them recruit young children into homosexuality, which is bad and need to be exposed," he said. "They take advantage of poverty to recruit Ugandans. In brief we did so because homosexuality is illegal, unacceptable and insults our traditional lifestyle.'
Members of the gay community named in the article faced harassment from friends and neighbors. Onziema said the proposed bill already has led to evictions from apartments, intimidation on the street, unlawful arrests and physical assault.
"We are an endangered species within our country," said Nelly Kabali, 31. "We are looked at as if we are outcasts. One time I was in a night club with a friend when someone who knew me pointed at me shouting 'There is a gay!' People wanted to beat me up but I was saved by a bouncer who led me out."KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The front-page newspaper story featured a list of... more
Plaintiffs, Bereaved Family of Melinda Duckett, File Response to CNN and Nancy Grace's Motion for Summary Judgment: Trial Set for August 2010 in Florida Federal Court | JLNSDeratany takes on CNN: Files 45 pp response to CNN /Nancy Grace Motion
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By CAROL MARBIN MILLER
The Miami Herald
MIAMI -- State regulators have suspended the license of a South Florida psychiatrist who has treated hundreds of poor and disabled children, saying Dr. Steven L. Kaplan poses "an immediate, serious danger to the health, safely, or welfare of the public."
In an emergency order, Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros issued an emergency suspension of Kaplan's license, saying Kaplan committed "medical malpractice" in his treatment of 12-year-old Denis Maltez, a boy with autism who medical examiners ruled died of an overdose of mental health drugs.
Viamonte Ros' order comes three weeks after another state department, the Agency for Health Care Administration, booted Kaplan from the state Medicaid program, the insurer for needy and disabled children that had paid many of Kaplan's bills. Kaplan's termination from the Medicaid program is effective May 17.
Kaplan, who has yet to file a response to the suspension, did not return three calls Wednesday from a Herald reporter seeking comment. It's unclear how long the suspension would span.
The suspension of Kaplan's license takes effect immediately. Kaplan has 30 days to appeal the order, said Eulinda Smith, a Department of Health spokeswoman, and the department has 20 days to initiate disciplinary proceedings by filing a complaint with a Board of Medicine probable-cause panel - which must make a recommendation for discipline to be imposed.
"Dr. Kaplan's actions in treating Patient DM demonstrate his inability and/or unwillingness to practice medicine in such a way that adequately protects patients who may not be able to protect themselves," the suspension order states.
The order adds: "Dr. Kaplan's actions demonstrate such general lack of medical judgment and understanding of his role as a physician that the safety of the public cannot be ensured by any means other than the suspension of Dr. Kaplan's license."
Kaplan was the subject of a front-page story in The Miami Herald on April 19 that focused on the May 23, 2007, death of Denis, who weighed 70 pounds but had been prescribed the maximum adult doses of two powerful anti-psychotic drugs.
The Herald reported that the psychiatrist had for years ignored warnings - both in writing and during office visits from state regulators - that his excessive prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children was potentially dangerous.
Kaplan "said he did not find the time to deal with non-important things such as paperwork," an expert from the University of South Florida sent to Kaplan's office on May 15, 2009, wrote in a report. "He said he had been practicing long enough to know how to treat his patients and was tired of being told what to do."
Viamonte Ros' May 7 order deals primarily with Kaplan's treatment of Denis, whose autism sometimes resulted in disruptive outbursts. Acting on the advice of state disability administrators, Denis' mother, Martha Quesada, placed him in a Miami group home called Rainbow Ranch - which regulators shut down in 2007.
According to the order, executed by the state Department of Health:
Kaplan failed to perform a physical examination of the boy, failed to develop a treatment plan, failed to document the boy's mental health history and did not conduct a psychiatric assessment.
Kaplan "made no attempt" to verify information given to him by Rainbow Ranch's owner that Denis had been abandoned by his mother, and never sought her consent to treat the boy. "Dr. Kaplan unreasonably relied solely on the reports of a virtually unknown non-health care provider for information regarding (Denis') complex condition and care."
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Psychiatrist who 'prescribed fatal cocktail of drugs profited by £1.2m from former debutante's will when she died'By Neil Sears
Last updated at 4:36 PM on 11th May 2010
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A psychiatric who prescribed a 'vulnerable' wealthy patient a potentially fatal cocktail of drugs profited by £1.2m from her will when she died, a General Medical Council tribunal heard.
Dr Peter Rowan treated former debutante and actress Patricia May for anorexia for 16 years, giving her 'excessive dosages' of powerful drugs - but never telling her NHS GP or her respiratory specialist, it was claimed.
He also accepted huge cash 'gifts' from her, first one of £50,000, then one of £100,000, and then ultimately a bequest of £1.2m when she died aged 66 the day after a fall in the bath of her home in Mayfair, London.
Only then was a stash of more than 1,000 tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants found in the £1m flat where she lived alone.
That discovery, and a resulting inquest, delayed payment of the £1.2m - but Dr Rowan, who had tracked down the will on the internet, and told her executors 'Miss May told me she was leaving something to me', eventually received it.
Speaking for the GMC, Andrew Hurst told the tribunal: 'There are no excuses, clinically, professionally, socially or otherwise for this catalogue of errors and this misjudgement after misjudgement.
'Dr Rowan lost sight of professional boundaries, maintaining dual roles of doctor and friend, a role that had become blurred and secretive.
''This case is about the management of a frail, vulnerable, physically ill psychotic patient.'
Dr Rowan, who ran the eating disorders clinic at the celebrated private hospital, The Priory, in Roehampton, south west London, faces being struck off if the hearing at the GMC in London rules against him.
The psychiatrist, of west London, who is married and has two children, denies misconduct.
Elegant Miss May suffered from a serious respiratory illness and regularly saw both her NHS GP and a lung specialist.
But neither knew anything of the drugs she received on her regular visits to the clinic of Dr Rowan, 65, in Sloane Street, central London.
Those drugs included powerful anti-depressants which could have dangerously affected her already limited breathing.
The GMC heard that because she was not only physically frail, but also elderly and had a low weight, Dr Rowan was arguably giving her up to eight-times the advisable dose of drugs.
Mr Hurst said: 'This was simply too high. She was being heavily over-medicated. The risk of falls can be increased.'
Miss May's NHS GP Gordon Atkinson told the GMC he was aware she was seeing the psychiatrist, but the former actress refused to discuss him.
The GP added that he never saw any evidence Miss May was suffering from anorexia, nor that she was depressed.
And if he had known of the cocktail of drugs she was receiving from her psychiatrist he would have immediately requested a detailed report on her prescriptions, complete with justifications for why she required the anti-depressants.
Dr Atkinson added: 'She was very frail and fragile and vulnerable.'
Miss May's consultant in respiratory medicine, John Costello, then told the tribunal that he too had never had any contact with Dr Rowan, and had never been told of the sedatives she was being given.
Dr Costello, who works at the Cromwell Hospital in London, said of his late patient: 'She had a very advanced lung disease. She was very slightly blue in appearance, showing how severe her condition was.
'I am very reluctant to prescribe drugs with sedative effects to someone with a lung disease like this because they depress breathing.
'The patient is already on a respiratory knife-edge - and sedatives can lead to heart failure and be fatal, within a few hours.'
Dr Costello went on to say that although Miss May was 'very thin', he was not aware of her having an eating disorder. 'She was in the wrong age group for that,' he said.
Miss Mays' friend and lawyer Julie Frances told the tribunal the retired actress kept changing her will to leave ever more to Dr Rowan, who she assumed was a boyfriend.
Mrs Frances said: 'I didn't say "Is he a boyfriend" because I felt that it was, just by her body language. She gave no indication ever that Dr Rowan was her psychiatrist.'
Mrs Frances added that she found an official letter about an appointment on Dr Rowan's headed paper in the dead woman's flat - and he had signed it 'Love P'. The lawyer contacted the authorities after finding the haul of drugs too.
Dr Rowan, now the medical director of the Cygnet Hospital in Ealing, west London, accepts that he in 1996 accepted £50,000 from Miss May and the following year another £100,000.
He says there was nothing inappropriate about receiving the gifts or the bequest.
Dr Rowan further claims that Miss May banned him from discussing her treatment with other doctors.
An inquest into Miss May's 2003 death was ordered by Home Office four years ago - although she was cremated before tests could be carried out - and heard that she was 'infatuated' by Dr Rowan.
The coroner, who was told the psychiatrist took his two daughters on a skiing holiday paid for by Miss May, returned an open verdict on the death.
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The mother of a Broward teen who died in 2003 believes it was because of an anti-psychotic drug he should not have been prescribed.
BY NIRVI SHAH
May 1, 2010
A Broward doctor reprimanded by the Food and Drug Administration for his drug-prescribing practices is facing accusations in a civil suit that he caused the death of a Weston teen after prescribing an anti-psychotic drug not approved for use in adolescents.
Norma Tringali of Tamarac believes the drug Seroquel, which Dr. Sohail Punjwani prescribed to her son Emilio, played a role in his death seven years ago. Punjwani is the same physician who was treating 7-year-old foster child Gabriel Myers before he committed suicide last year.
Earlier this week, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca agreed to pay state and federal government agencies $520 million to settle an investigation into the company’s marketing practices, which the Department of Justice said encouraged doctors to use Seroquel for young and elderly people for indications not approved by the FDA.
The settlement will yield about $8.5 million for Florida, split between the state’s Medicaid program, general revenue fund and a reward program for reporting Medicaid fraud.
Tringali’s case against Punjwani is expected to go to trial later this year.
All the other doctors and institutions named in the suit have settled with Emilio’s family, said her lawyer, Michael Freedland.
In the meantime, for Tringali, the civil penalty AstraZeneca has said it will pay provides some resolution.
“That is the thing — that is the answer,” Tringali said, through tears. “Emilio was taking something recommended for adults, not kids.”
Punjwani and his attorneys did not return several phone calls seeking comment.
After a year in Punjwani’s care, Emilio, who played water polo, had a heart attack and died. He was a junior at Piper High School in Sunrise. The lawsuit alleges that Punjwani’s care “deviated and departed from the prevailing professional standard of care exercised” by most doctors.
It goes on to say that Punjwani failed to monitor the effects of a combination of anti-psychotic drugs on Emilio’s heart, failed to perform regular cardiac testing and failed to consult with a cardiologist or other doctor with more experience with the heart-related side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, among other things.
But it is not certain whether the settlement will have a direct effect on the suit against Punjwani, said Tringali’s lawyer, Weston attorney Michael Freedland.
“She was always convinced that these drugs caused his death,” Freedland said of Emilio’s mother. “For her this settlement was some kind of vindication in a sense. It doesn’t necessarily relate to the exact same issue.”
Freedland’s office was simultaneously working on Tringali’s case and the whistleblower case that led to this week’s settlement with AstraZeneca. But rules about whistleblower suits meant they could not share anything about that case with Tringali until the settlement became public this week.
Punjwani was reprimanded by the FDA because he failed “to protect the rights, safety and welfare” of children enrolled in clinical drug trials.
“Your failure to conduct the requisite safety measures contributed to the unnecessary exposure of pediatric subjects to significant overdoses, which jeopardized the subjects’ rights, safety and welfare,” the FDA wrote.
Early last year, drugmaker Eli Lilly pleaded guilty to illegally marketing the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses. Freedland’s firm also worked on that case, which netted a $1.42 billion settlement.
“The issue relates to these drugs,” Freedland said. “The way Dr. Punjwani treated Emilio Villamar and the manner in which these drugs were prescribed is a picture of everything that’s wrong with this industry and the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies.”
The settlement says that AstraZeneca targeted its illegal marketing of Seroquel at doctors who do not typically treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, including physicians who treat older patients, young patients and primary care doctors and to psychiatrists and other physicians for uses that were not approved by the FDA as safe and effective.
The civil penalty will repay Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that were billed for the drug, although it was being prescribed incorrectly.
In a statement, AstraZeneca said under the agreement, it still denies the allegations.
However, the international company, with U.S. headquarters in Delaware, entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that will last for five years.
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Omnicare has had success selling drugs to nursing homes and other facilities, but that success may have come with a dose of dishonesty.
(CBS) As members of Congress debate healthcare reform - most would agree to a crackdown on those who cheat the system. At least $68 billion is lost to health care fraud every year - and that's considered a conservative estimate.
CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian has more on a staggering fraud case involving health care giant Omnicare.
When it comes to selling drugs to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the country, Omnicare has a prescription for success - a market share in excess of 70 percent and more than $6 billion in sales last year alone.
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its settlement of kickback allegations with Omnicare, the Justice Dept. continues to probe Johnson & Johnson
A $112 million settlement involving alleged drug kickbacks that the Justice Dept. announced with the nation's largest nursing home pharmacy and a generic drug manufacturer on Nov. 3 is part of a wide-ranging investigation of suspected Medicaid fraud by the pharmaceutical industry. Critics say the continuing probe, which involves Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and other major drugmakers, highlights what they describe as an industry practice of paying money to outfits that provide drugs to consumers, in return for preferential treatment.
Because those alleged payoffs have the effect of compromising patient care and driving up costs for government and private health insurers, cases like the settlement unsealed with Omnicare (OCR) in Covington, Ky., and IVAX Pharmaceuticals in Weston, Fla., could bolster opposition to the controversial deal the Obama Administration reached with the pharmaceutical industry to win its support for health-reform legislation. Many Democrats say the Administration should have asked for much bigger cost savings from drugmakers.
Under Tuesday's settlement, Omnicare will pay $98 million plus interest to the federal government and a number of state Medicaid programs to settle allegations that it participated in kickback schemes with IVAX, J&J, and two nursing home chains. IVAX, a subsidiary of Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA), agreed to pay $14 million plus interest.
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/nov2009/db2009114_700374.htmits settlement of kickback allegations with Omnicare, the Justice Dept. continues to... more
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy visit the doctor more often and have higher risks of certain health problems than other children their age, a new study suggests.
The study looked at the medical records of nearly 39,000 Norwegian children through the first year of life. It found that rates of congenital heart defects and physical therapy -- a potential sign of movement-related problems -- were elevated among babies whose mothers used antidepressants throughout pregnancy.
These children also tended to have more doctor visits and higher rates of certain other health problems, like respiratory and digestive symptoms. However, those rates were also elevated among children whose mothers had stopped using antidepressants before pregnancy.
This raises the possibility that the risks were related to the mother's depression itself, rather than antidepressant use, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Tessa Ververs of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The bottom line for women on the medications is that the decision to continue or stop during pregnancy is an individual one. Women should talk with their doctor about what is best for them, Ververs told Reuters Health in an email.
The question of whether to continue on antidepressants during pregnancy is not simple.
Initial studies on the drugs' safety were "reassuring," Ververs and her colleagues note, but some recent reports have linked the medications to problems in newborns -- including cases of congenital heart defects.
Antidepressant use in the third trimester has also been connected to higher risks of respiratory distress, feeding problems and irritability in newborns, the researchers note in their report published in the British obstetrics journal BJOG.NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy... more
Washington: Children and teenagers that took what specialists call "second generation" anti-psychotic medicine were at risk for obesity, according to a study in a US journal out Wednesday.
Children and teens in the United States diagnosed with psychotic and bipolar disorders, as well as mood disorders, are often prescribed second-generation antipsychotic medications such as aripiprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine, and risperidone.
The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at 272 patients between the ages of four and 19 who had not earlier taken such medicine.
The effects "are particularly problematic during development because they predict adult obesity, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular morbidity, and malignancy," wrote the study authors, which included Christoph Correll, from the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York.
Of the patients in the study group, 49 percent had mood issues, 30 percent were diagnosed with schizophrenia, and 22 percent diagnosed with disruptive or aggressive behavior.
Fifteen patients who refused to participate or did not take their medicine served as a comparison group.
Patients were treated with one of the aforementioned medicine for 12 weeks.
At the midpoint of the 11-week treatment, all children taking the medicine reported an average weight gain of nearly 19 pounds (8.5 kilos), compared to minimal weight change in the control group.
"Each antipsychotic medication was associated with significantly increased fat mass and waist circumference," the authors wrote.
"Altogether, 10 percent to 36 percent of patients transitioned to overweight or obese status within 11 weeks."
Minors taking those medications also risked adverse side effects including raised cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and changes that could lead to diabetes and hypertension.
Increasingly, "the cardiometabolic effects" of those medications "have raised concern," the authors of the study wrote.
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WASHINGTON — A majority of the donations made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one of the nation’s most influential disease advocacy groups, have come from drug makers in recent years, according to Congressional investigators.
The alliance, known as NAMI, has long been criticized for coordinating some of its lobbying efforts with drug makers and for pushing legislation that also benefits industry.
Last spring, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, sent letters to the alliance and about a dozen other influential disease and patient advocacy organizations asking about their ties to drug and device makers. The request was part of his investigation into the drug industry’s influence on the practice of medicine.
The mental health alliance, which is hugely influential in many state capitols, has refused for years to disclose specifics of its fund-raising, saying the details were private.
But according to investigators in Mr. Grassley’s office and documents obtained by The New York Times, drug makers from 2006 to 2008 contributed nearly $23 million to the alliance, about three-quarters of its donations.
Even the group’s executive director, Michael Fitzpatrick, said in an interview that the drug companies’ donations were excessive and that things would change.
“For at least the years of ’07, ’08 and ’09, the percentage of money from pharma has been higher than we have wanted it to be,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said.
He promised that the industry’s share of the organization’s fund-raising would drop “significantly” next year.
“I understand that NAMI gets painted as being in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies, and somehow that all we care about is pharmaceuticals,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “It’s simply not true.”WASHINGTON — A majority of the donations made to the National Alliance on Mental... more
Idaho is getting $13 million as part of a settlement reached with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. over its marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the deal Tuesday, calling it the largest financial settlement in a legal case since Idaho and other states ended a lawsuit with tobacco companies in 1998.
Idaho sued Eli Lilly over allegations the company used deceptive marketing strategies for the drug Zyprexa. The state accused the company of failing to warn doctors of the drug's serious side effects, a move that caused significant costs to the state's Medicaid program.
Idaho also claimed Zyprexa, approved for severe psychological disorders, caused consumers to gain weight, leading to other problems like diabetes.
Wasden said the $13 million will offset losses incurred by Idaho's Medicaid program.
Zyprexa, which boasts $4.7 billion in annual sales, has cost Lilly lots of legal trouble, sparking thousands of patient lawsuits as well as investigations by federal and state governments.
In January, Lilly agreed to pay $1.42 billion to federal and state governments to resolve a lawsuit over Zyprexa marketing brought by the U.S. Justice Department. Some states, including Idaho, did not join that settlement.
More than 30 states sued Lilly over Zyprexa. The only case that went to trial was in Alaska, which ended with a settlement that calls for Lilly to pay the state $15 million.Idaho is getting $13 million as part of a settlement reached with Indianapolis-based... more
MANHATTAN (CN) - A boy died from taking two ADHD drugs, Ritalin and Concerta, his parents claim in Federal Court. The Kansas couple says the drug makers never warned them that the drug combination could kill their son with methylphenidate toxicity. The active ingredient in both drugs is methylphenidate - a compound that Concerta releases slowly and Ritalin releases immediately upon digestion.
Edward and Susan Hill of Overland Park say their son Nicholas had taken Ritalin since 1998 and Concerta since 2000 to treat his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and their subsidiaries never warned that the combination could be fatal.
Nicholas took the recommended dosage of each drug, the Hills say, and suddenly suffered nausea and vomiting one day in 2007; they found him unresponsive in his bed that evening.
Nicholas' levels of methylphenidate were so high on the night he died that it would have required him to ingest more than 100 pills, according to the complaint.
The Hills say the drug makers concealed the findings of a 2006 FDA Advisory Committee discussion about the failure to process slow metabolizers associated with methylphenidate drugs. They also say the companies did not warn patients to check for potentially fatal side effects.
The complaint does not state how old Nicholas was when he died. Contemporary news reports said he began taking ADHD drugs when he was 4.
The Hills seek punitive damages for product liability, negligence, breach of warranty and wrongful death. They are represented by Mark Sadaka with Potts Sadaka.MANHATTAN (CN) - A boy died from taking two ADHD drugs, Ritalin and Concerta, his... more
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Family members of Oscar Grant, the unarmed BART rider shot to death by a transit agency police officer early New Year's Day, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday that seeks $50 million from the agency, its chief of police and three officers.
John Burris, an attorney for the family, had asked for $25 million in a legal claim against BART after Officer Johannes Mehserle shot Grant on the platform of the Fruitvale Station in Oakland.
Grant, 22, of Hayward, and several other young men had been pulled off a Dublin-Pleasanton train by police investigating reports of a fight. He was face-down on the station platform when he was shot, an incident that several passengers recorded on cell-phone cameras.
Mehserle, 27, quit the BART force Jan. 7 and was subsequently charged with murder. His attorney said Mehserle had meant to fire his Taser when he fired a single shot with his pistol.
Burris said Monday that the actions by Mehserle and by BART Officer Tony Pirone, who first detained Grant and five of his friends in the aftermath of the fight, were "more egregious than I initially thought."
The lawsuit Burris filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland on the Grant family's behalf also named Pirone's partner, Marysol Domenici, and Police Chief Gary Gee. The attorney suggested that racism had played a role in Grant's detention and death, an accusation that a lawyer for BART said is not supported by evidence.
Burris wrote that an unidentified officer "directed a racial slur at one of the young men" after they were detained. Grant was African American, and the other detained men were black and Latino, Burris said in the suit.
Dale Allen, an attorney representing BART and the officers in civil court, said Monday that Grant's death was "a tragic accident," citing Mehserle's explanation about trying to fire his Taser.
"BART has been discussing mediation with Mr. Burris in an attempt to bring closure to the Grant family, and will continue to do so," Allen said.
Allen said evidence in the case will show that Grant and his friends "had been identified as having been involved in an altercation on the train" and that officers had properly detained them. He said racism was not a factor in the case and that officers had uttered "absolutely no racial slurs."
Burris said Pirone struck Grant without good reason minutes before Grant was shot, and that Domenici threatened to "tase" the young men in the face. Pirone's attorney, Bill Rapoport, has said Grant provoked Pirone's blow by trying to knee the officer in the groin.
Burris filed the lawsuit on behalf of Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, as well as Sophina Mesa, who was Grant's girlfriend and is raising the couple's 4-year-old daughter.
BART spokesman Linton Johnson said Monday that a criminal investigation into the actions of Pirone and the other officers on the platform will soon be turned over to Alameda County prosecutors for a decision on possible charges.Family members of Oscar Grant, the unarmed BART rider shot to death by a transit... more