Sunday, October 31, 2010

How Botox Misbranding Leads to Medicare Fraud

How Botox Misbranding Leads to Medicare Fraud

The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for two specific conditions. Once the FDA approves a drug for any use, however, doctors are free to prescribe it to treat all other conditions. This is called off-label use. Sometimes, as happened with Botox, a drug becomes far more popular for off-label uses than approved uses. The drug's maker naturally wants to make as much money as possible and certainly won't discourage off-label use. The problem: the drug maker cannot market or advertise the drug for anything other than the approved use.
Allergan agrees it made a few mistakes in marketing. So it pleaded guilty to this misbranding claim. It's paying a fine of $375 million for that. Allergan also has agreed to pay an addition $225 million to settle claims it violated the federal False Claims Act.
Here we see the law of unintended consequences in action. Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs dished out a lot of insurance money to pay for Botox prescriptions. Allergan hyped Botox for off-label indications that were not medically accepted and not covered by federal health care programs. The insurance payments violated the False Claims Act. The original accusations of false claims were made in several whistleblower suits against Allergan.

Learn more about the False Claims Act, curbing Medicare fraud

Department of Justice-criminal information against Allergan for promoting Botox® for headache, pain,

Allergan Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $600 Million to Resolve Allegations of Off-Label Promotion of Botox®
WASHINGTON – American pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay $600 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of its biological product, Botox® Therapeutic, for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Justice Department announced today.  The resolution includes a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $375 million and a civil settlement with the federal government and the states of $225 million.

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Importance of oxygen and its effects on human development and disease [Tuesday, October 26, 2010]

Semenza, a recipient of the 2010 Canada Gairdner International Award, is the C. Michael Armstrong Professor at Johns Hopkins, with appointments in pediatrics, medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, biological chemistry, and with the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Friday, October 29, 2010, an intelligence service which provides real-time public health information

With recent advisories issued by the Government of Canada, children’s jewellery is being targeted for containing lead and cadmium. Health Canada is unable to test all children’s jewellery and does not have the ability to issue mandatory recalls on these products., an intelligence service which provides real-time public health information, has outlined these great safety tips for parents:

  • Check your child's jewellery. If you suspect it may contain lead or cadmium, throw it out in your regular household waste
  • Do not give young children adult jewellery to wear or play with; it may contain lead or cadmium
  • Do not allow children to suck or chew on any jewellery
  • If your child has sucked or chewed regularly on jewellery which you think may contain lead or cadmium, ask your doctor to test your child's blood for lead or cadmium
  • A child who swallows a jewellery item containing lead or cadmium is at high risk of developing serious health effects. Contact an emergency medical service if you believe your child has swallowed an item containing lead or cadmium

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Canadian universities failing their students

Canadian universities failing their students

Pharmaceutical companies top list of FY 2010 fraud settlements -

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Employer Liability - When "Reckless Disregard for Safety" Becomes Criminal

Employer Liability - When "Reckless Disregard for Safety" Becomes Criminal
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2010 Canada Gairdner Lecture – Dr. Gregg Semenza

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WHAT: 2010 Canada Gairdner Lecture – Dr. Gregg Semenza WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1:30-2:30 pm WHERE: York University Senate chamber, Ross Building N940, Keele campus MAP: See #28 on Keele campus map,

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Mapping the lipid-protein interactome – a new way to look at brain “fat” in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, University of Toronto’s Anurag Tandon leads the way

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