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Derby Pain Clinic’s High Prescribing Of Cancer Drug Extends Beyond Nurse

August 25, 2016
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Derby Pain Clinic’s High Prescribing Of Cancer Drug Extends Beyond Nurse

By Lisa Chedekel Four nurses, all of them affiliated with a Derby pain clinic, were responsible for nearly all of the state’s 2014 Medicare spending on the powerful opioid painkiller Subsys, which is at the center of a kickback probe. New Medicare data for 2014 show the four nurses, all who worked at the...

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Connecticut Disciplines Five Nurses For Misconduct

August 24, 2016
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Connecticut Disciplines Five Nurses For Misconduct

By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing today disciplined five nurses for misconduct, including four whose cases involved drugs or alcohol. After a hearing today, the board revoked the license of Danielle Dragon, a licensed practical nurse from Bristol, who was accused of crushing a pill that she said was Oxycodone...

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Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Efforts To Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Costs

August 23, 2016
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Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Efforts To Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Costs

By Sujata Srinivasan Michael Baudin of Manchester retired eight years ago after a career in auto repair, but now the 76-year-old is back working part time as a driver so he can afford prescription medications. “Every year premiums go up and my co-pay is increasing,” he said. “I take medication for cholesterol, hypertension, heart,...

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Two Nursing Homes Fined Following Resident’s Injury, Medication Error

August 18, 2016
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Two Nursing Homes Fined Following Resident’s Injury, Medication Error

By Cara Rosner State health officials fined two nursing homes following incidents in which residents were injured and suffered complications after doctors’ orders were not followed. Apple Rehabilitation of Middletown was fined $1,635 by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) following an incident December in which a resident chewed an index finger until...

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