Biogen to pay $22 million for illegally using charities to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients

first_img What is it? About the Author Reprints By Ed Silverman Dec. 17, 2020 Reprints [email protected] AP/Biogen Ed Silverman Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included?center_img GET STARTED Biogen to pay $22 million for illegally using charities to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients Tags biotechnologySTAT+ Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Biogen (BIIB) has agreed to pay $22 million to resolve allegations that donations it paid to charities were actually kickbacks to Medicare patients used to cover out-of-pockets costs for its multiple sclerosis medicines.This is only the latest instance in which federal authorities have cracked down on such arrangements between drug makers and patient assistance charities. Over the past three years, some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry – including Gilead Sciences (GILD), Pfizer (PFE), Amgen (AMGN), a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit, Sanofi (SNY), and Novartis (NVS) – have reached similar agreements, as have several charities. Pharmalot last_img read more

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Cellar Muse Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program…

first_imgEmail Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Cellar Muse Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program to…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessCellar Muse Brings the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program to the Seattle AreaBy Press Release – December 29, 2020 214 0 TAGSCellar Muse Advertisement28 December – The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. Created by native Italian, Maurizio Broggi, (Wine Scholar Guild Education Director for Italy) with the support of the Italian wine DOC/G consortia, this specialization program is designed for all advanced students of wine, whether wine professionals or serious wine enthusiasts.Those who follow the in-depth curriculum and achieve a final passing score will earn the title of Italian Wine Scholar (IWS). Following this achievement, students are encouraged to use the post-nominal IWS as part of their professional signatures.  This IWS certification provides a validation of your Italian wine expertise and enhances your resume; it also serves as a point of distinction within the wine trade.Maurizio Broggi, Italian Wine Scholar creator, states: “The Italian Wine Scholar program is unique in the comprehensive nature of its content and its straightforward organization. Only by putting the regions, their grape varieties and their wines into geographic, historic and cultural context you can master the wines of Italy. It can be a daunting task but at the same time extremely rewarding”.Tanya Morning Star Darling of the Cellar Muse Wine School was one of the first educator to offer the program and has been teaching it for the last three years in Seattle, Bellevue and Portland. Tanya states: “This program is the most comprehensive and accurate program on Italian wines bar none. It is a pleasure to watch how this program transforms people’s lives. “Unit 1 Class Dates (Sundays 11am-12:15pm, and 12:45-2pm):January 17, 24, 31February 7, 14, 21Study Review: Sunday, March 7Monday, March 14th –  Tasting Lab, in person with social distancing at Cepae Tasting Room 4-7pmExam: Monday, March 21thInstructors: The program will be co-taught by Tanya Morning Star Darling DipWSET, CWE, IWS, FWS, SWS, and Alberto Martinez Iteriano DipWest, IWS, FWS, SWS instructor. Course Registration Fee: $695 for Unit 1 and $595 for Unit 2  Wine Lab Fee: $100 per unit*Note on the format of this course: Due to COVID19, this Unit 1 will take place online, and includes 6 weeks of lectures, one guided review/exam prep pession – all via zoom. There will also be one in-person tasting lab where 30 wines will be tasted and learning objectives reviewed through the tasting. The exam will be held in person. Both the tasting lab and exam will follow strict social distancing and safety protocols. *Unit 2 will take place in person at Cepae Tasting Room in Bellevue in April 2021, pandemic conditions permitting.For more information, contact Tanya, via email at [email protected] or call 206.226.2573Advertisement Twitter Facebook Share ReddIt Previous articleAfternoon Brief, December 28thNext articleNapa Valley Grapegrowers & Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation Reach Millions Through COVID-19 Response Press Release Linkedinlast_img read more

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Four Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew lineups change for New Hampshire

first_imgAll four Stewart-Haas racing pit crew rosters will see changes for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a team spokesperson confirmed for NASCAR.com.During last weekend’s Monster Energy Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Clint Bowyer had a strong No. 14 Ford but expressed frustration over the team’s radio that they couldn’t hold position during pit stops. He finished 12th in the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart.Bowyer and teammate Kevin Harvick have qualified for the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs win wins. Kurt Busch is 9th in the playoffs standings and Aric Almirola sits 13th entering New Hampshire.The changes, as first reported by NBC Sports’ Dustin Long:— Shayne Pipala to No. 4 front tire changer, replacing Eric Maycroft. Maycroft moves to Michael McDowell’s No. 34 team.–Ira Jo Hussey to No. 14 front tire changer, replacing Daniel Coffey.–Matt Holzbauer to No. 14 tire carrier, replacing Josh Sobecki.–Coffey to No. 10 front tire changer, replacing Ryan Mulder.–Mulder to No. 41 front tire changer, replacing Pipala.Stewart-Haas Racing provides the pit crew for the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team. Holzbauer comes over to the No. 14 team from the No. 34 team.last_img read more

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Yes, that was really the CIA tweeting about ‘Black Panther’ tech during the Oscars

first_imgMarvel Studios(VIRGINIA) — If you were on Twitter Sunday night during the Oscars — if for no other reason to celebrate Black Panther‘s multiple wins — you may have noticed there were spies among you. Literally.The CIA began tweeting about the film, specifically about one of its fictional — but key — elements: Vibranium, which is central to all of the advanced technology in Panther’s kingdom of Wakanda.As part of its #ReelvsRealCIA hashtag, the agency posted the question, “Which fictional Wakandan technology would you most like to see made real in the future?”The agency also posted a poll, reading, “Do you think vibranium is: A.  A real metal, B.  Based upon real materials, C. Possible future tech or D. Total fiction?”Fortunately, only 8% thought it was real stuff.The spy agency also posted a video of one of its scientists talking about how Black Panther‘s high-tech Kimoyo beads — which can do everything from helping Wakandans communicate, to stabilizing gunshot wounds — would come in handy in the real world.For the record, the CIA is portrayed in the film, at times to bumbling effect, thanks to Martin Freeman’s spy character, Everett Ross.Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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