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Pharmacy and Drug Fraud: A Prescription for Imprisonment and Big Fines

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A number of civil settlements and criminal convictions involving pharmacy and drug fraud in 2018 have highlighted a longstanding problem that imperils patient health and burdens American taxpayers with costs measured annually in the millions of dollars. Pharmacy and drug fraud takes many different forms and can involve everyone in the supply chain from small pharmacy operators to large pharmaceutical distributors.

New Tariffs Create Greater Incentives for Customs Fraud

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New Tariffs Create Greater Incentives for Customs Fraud

Domestic importers are paying record amounts in customs duties due to a recent surge in the number of new tariffs, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. In October, American companies paid $6.2 billion in duties, including $2.8 billion in new tariffs, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a lobbying group comprised of companies in the manufacturing, farming and technology sectors. Since May, the amount of import duties has doubled, including an increase of more than 30% from August to October.

Electronic Health Records: A Prognosis for Missteps and Potential Fraud

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the Department of Veterans Affairs is in discussions with Apple to provide portable electronic health records (“EHRs”) to military veterans. The plan reportedly calls for Apple to develop specialized software tools that would allow veterans and their families to access their EHRs through Apple’s Health Records EHR data viewer. The proposed plan is intended to simplify and streamline health data access for patients visiting VA healthcare sites.

2.7 Million GM Trucks and SUVs Could Have Defective Brakes

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GM Trucks and SUVs Could Have Defective Brakes

The U.S. government is investigating General Motors (GM) big pickup trucks and SUVs due to faulty braking systems. Roughly 2.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. may be affected by the issue, so if you own a GM truck or SUV, here is what you need to know.

Sobering News of Fraud in the Addiction Treatment Industry

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Sobering News of Fraud in the Addiction Treatment Industry

The opioid epidemic has exacted an immeasurable cost on our country in both human and financial costs. It has also given rise to a new type of health care scam in America – addiction treatment fraud. Unscrupulous operators of drug treatment centers and sober homes are preying on people in desperate need of drug treatment services while also defrauding American taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars annually.

Do Drug and Healthcare Ads Push Ethical Boundaries?

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Do Drug and Healthcare Ads Push Ethical Boundaries?

In the past four years, pharmaceutical companies have more than doubled their ad spending, making it the second-fastest growing ad category in the nation. Other healthcare providers, from local hospitals to nationally known cancer treatment centers, are also increasing their advertising. But when do healthcare promotions cross ethical boundaries and the ancient pledge to all patients of “do no harm”?

Jim McEldrew’s Annual Railroad Worker Holiday Party Scheduled

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Jim McEldrew’s Annual Railroad Worker Holiday Party

Jim McEldrew has scheduled his annual holiday party for Philadelphia’s railroad workers.  This year, it will be Friday, December 7, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM at Chez Colette (located inside the Sofitel Hotel). Chez Colette is located at 120 S. 17th St. in Center City, Philadelphia.

Injuries from Falls Affect People of All Ages, Not Just Elderly

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Injuries from Falls Affect People of All Ages, Not Just Elderly

Every year millions of Americans suffer from a preventable fall injury, and over 800,000 of those will end up in the emergency room with a fracture or head injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, falls are the most common cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries and are responsible for slightly more than three in 10 injuries overall. Deaths because of a fall have also skyrocketed since 2000, from 13,322 to 34,673. Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall.

Know the Signs of Elder Abuse

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National data on cases of abuse in America’s 15,600-plus nursing homes and other elder-care programs is hard to come by. But several recent studies by government investigators, advocacy groups and the news media have chilling implications.

The Difference Between Wrongful Death Claims and Survival Actions

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Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can really take a toll on the family. Often, they are not only left with grief, but serious financial troubles. After a tragedy such as this, the family has two legal options they can pursue: wrongful death claims and survival actions. Both of these options offer a way to recover damages from the person liable for the victim’s death. It’s important to understand the difference between these options when pursuing action against those responsible.

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