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The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Worst inland oil spill cleanup continues five years later

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While BP engineers and cleanup crews were busy fighting the rising tide of oil blasting from a blown-out well deep in the Gulf of Mexico, another epic oil disaster was occurring in Michigan. Most U.S. adults know at least a little about the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. But ask them about the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan — the largest inland spill in U.S. history, and chances are very few will be familiar with it. And, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, the environmental devastation and other fallout of the Enbridge oil spill is still unfolding five years ... Read More

Child saved from heat injury in unattended vehicle in Kansas

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Every summer, neglectful parents, guardians, or family members make the mistake of leaving young children in hot vehicles while they run errands. However, it only takes 10 minutes for heat levels in an unattended vehicle to become deadly for small children. It is only thanks to responsible bystanders that take matters into their own hands by breaking a window and rescuing the child that many children are still with us today. Earlier this week in Kansas, a teen employee at Famous Footwear, Porscha Bland, alerted her store manager, Sarah Oropeza, to a distressed 2-year-old girl trapped in a hot car ... Read More

Big private investment will help Blue Bell resume ice cream making

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Blue Bell Creameries said that a “significant investment” from a Texas oil billionaire will help it get back on its feet after being shuttered for months following a Listeria outbreak linked to its ice cream products. Sid Bass, a prominent Texas billionaire, invested an undisclosed amount to the privately owned ice cream manufacturer. The company said the investment would allow it to start making test batches in its factories once again. In May, Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse told the company’s small group of investors that it required up to $125 million to recover from “a financial crisis that could ... Read More

IKEA announces second minimum wage hike in two years

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IKEA, known as the world’s largest furniture retailer, has announced its second minimum wage hike for employees in U.S. stores. This raise would increase IKEA’s hourly minimum wage from $10.76 to $11.87 – a 10 percent jump and exactly $4.62 over the current federal minimum wage. Considering retail sales workers in the U.S. normally receive an average wage of about $12.38, IKEA’s living wage announcement will push the company’s average U.S. store wage above $15. Beginning the first day of 2016, precisely 30 percent of U.S. IKEA employees will be earning at least $11.87, thanks to the retailer’s latest minimum wage hike. According to ... Read More

Attorneys request consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits

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Attorneys for six women suing Johnson & Johnson over injuries they claim to have suffered after undergoing gynecological procedures with the company’s power morcellator device have filed a request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate with at least 22 similar lawsuits pending in 16 different federal district courts. The motion seeks to transfer the cases to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas. The request comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how much the company knew about cancer ... Read More

Janssen agrees to pay $7.8 million to settle Risperdal lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the drug company’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals committed Medicaid fraud and violated state law in its promotion and labeling of the antipsychotic Risperdal to Arkansas doctors. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2008. Three years ago, a Pulaski County jury found the drug company guilty of the charges and imposed a $1.2 million fine on Johnson & Johnson. The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the decision. Janssen Pharmaceuticals said the settlement agreement is not an admission of guilt. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, was originally approved by the ... Read More

First Blue Bell lawsuit filed after listeria-related illness

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Blue Bell has now been confronted by its first recall-related lawsuit, alleging the company’s products caused one ex-Houston, Texas, resident to contract listeria-related meningitis while working at a retirement complex. According to the Blue Bell lawsuit, David Philip Shockley was employed as the associate executive director of nursing at the retirement community, Eagle’s Trace. While on the job in October 2013, Shockley ate Blue Bell ice cream purchased by his superiors. Not long after consuming the Blue Bell products, Shockley called 911 for assistance, but was diagnosed with migraine and sent home. Shockley then collapsed alone at his home just hours ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint leads to $15.69 million recovery for Medicare

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Sixteen U.S. hospitals and their parent companies have agreed to pay the U.S. $15.69 million collectively to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they fraudulently billed Medicare for services that were not medically reasonable or necessary. The case concerns claims for reimbursement the hospitals made to Medicare for Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy services. Medicare pays for an appropriate course of the psychotherapy services when a number of specific requirements are met, the most notable being that the services provided are needed for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s condition. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that from ... Read More