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Whistleblower’s Suit Against Roche, Humana Survives Motions to Dismiss

A whistleblower’s $45 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Humana and Roche Diagnostics engaged in an illegal kickback scheme and other health care fraud will stand after an Illinois federal judge rejected two motions to dismiss the allegations. Crystal Derrick, a former Roche account manager, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014, HealthPayer Intelligence reports. She alleges that Roche improperly dismissed debt Humana owed to Roche in a bid to keep Roche Diagnostic’s diabetes testing products on Humana’s formularies. The deal also helped bar competitor products from Humana’s formularies, the whistleblower complaint alleged. According to Louisville Business ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... Read More

Feds Ramp Up Efforts To Combat Opioid Fraud

As the nation’s opioid crisis continues to deepen, federal law enforcement authorities are concentrating their efforts on doctors and pharmacies that prescribe and dispense unusually large and disproportionate quantities of prescription opioid painkillers. Speaking at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents have launched a 45-day focused effort to gather and analyze opioid prescription and dispensing data. The patterns and statistical outliers that this data reveals will help DEA agents and other law enforcement authorities identify and crack down on the doctors and practices that are overprescribing and ... Read More

Vaping Encourages Smoking Among Teens, Study Finds

Vaping nicotine may help some adults quit smoking conventional cigarettes, but kids who vape are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes, a panel of U.S. public health experts has found. A report on vaping compiled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, considered by the American Heart Association to be “one of the most comprehensive evaluations of existing research on [vaping products],” found that vaping is probably less harmful than regular cigarettes, but it is really too early to determine how beneficial or harmful they may be over the long-term. While the jury is out as to ... Read More

New resources, improved efforts to combat opioid epidemic

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting DEA Administrator Robert Patterson announced new resources and stepped up efforts to address the nation’s growing opioid epidemic during a press conference at the Department of Justice. The efforts include more than $12 million in grant funding to assist law enforcement in combatting illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin and prescription opioids; the establishment of a new DEA field office in Louisville, Kentucky, to include Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia to step up the administration’s efforts within the Appalachian mountain region; and a directive to all U.S. Attorneys to designate an Opioid Coordinator ... Read More

Shigellosis Outbreak Sickens Dozens in Kentucky

An outbreak of Shigellosis illness is sweeping through two Kentucky counties, and health authorities in the state are appealing to the public to practice better hygiene, especially when dealing with infants and toddlers with dirty diapers. According to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, there have been about 50 laboratory-confirmed cases of Shigellosis infection in Nelson and Hardin Counties, just south of Louisville. Most of the confirmed illnesses are in daycare-age children. Shigellosis is a highly contagious disease caused by Shigella bacteria. Symptoms usually manifest as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting one to two days after exposure and can ... Read More

More than 22K Pounds of Beef Recalled for E. coli concern

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling 22,832 pounds of raw ground beef and beef primal cut products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, Kentucky-based wholesale food distributor delivers produce, gourmet food items and meat, including the meat subject to the recall, to restaurants and food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The beef products were produced May 31 to June 2 and include the establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection. On June 5, plant management notified USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel of two test ... Read More

U.S. Likely To Widen Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe

A ban on laptops and certain other lithium-battery-powered devices from commercial flights will likely be expanded to include some flights to the U.S. from Europe, despite heavy criticism that the Trump-ordered ban is actually endangering flights. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly is meeting with airline industry officials and senators to discuss ongoing security threats and an expansion of the original ban, which barred lithium batteries larger than those used in cell phones from the main cabin of U.S.-bound flights departing from 10 Middle Eastern airports. The March ban stoked fears that travelers would be forced to pack ... Read More

Louisville Health officials call for ban on vaping in public areas

Louisville, Kentucky, health officials are calling for a ban on vaping in public areas, saying e-cigarettes are a threat to “clean air standards.” The American Heart Association and American Lung Association have been fighting for months to tighten up vaping restrictions. The health officials agree that placing a ban on the use of e-cigarettes as well as hookah products in public space “will act to protect Louisville Metro’s clean air standards, protect against secondhand exposure to harmful chemicals, and improve enforcement efforts.” “Support is mounting to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes and hookah in indoor public settings in the best interest of the public’s ... Read More

Deutsch Kase Haus cheese recall expands to Biery Cheese and MDS Foods

February continues to rack up recalls as Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC, not only expands its original cheese recall, but also spurs Biery Cheese Company and MDS Foods Inc. to recall cheese supplied by it. The recalled cheese may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes – pathogenic organisms that can cause dangerous infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both companies were made aware this month that various types of Deutsch Kase Haus cheese are now subject to recall. MDS Foods Inc. is also recalling cheese that may ... Read More