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Case Against Derby Nurse Involves Potent Painkiller

June 25, 2015
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Case Against Derby Nurse Involves Potent Painkiller

By: Lisa Chedekel Federal charges against Derby nurse Heather Alfonso center on a powerful and addictive painkiller called Subsys, which has been heavily marketed by the Arizona-based manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, federal officials confirmed Wednesday. Alfonso, 42, of Middlebury, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to receiving $83,000 in kickbacks from January...

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ACA Court Challenge: What’s At Stake For Connecticut

June 24, 2015
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ACA Court Challenge: What’s At Stake For Connecticut

By: Magaly Olivero Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents who receive federal subsidies to help pay for health insurance won’t be affected immediately by the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act before the U.S. Supreme Court. But experts say there’s a good chance Connecticut residents will experience some political fallout from the court...

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High-Prescribing Nurse Charged With Accepting Drug Company Kickbacks

June 23, 2015
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High-Prescribing Nurse Charged With Accepting Drug Company Kickbacks

By: Lisa Chedekel A Derby nurse practitioner identified as the state’s highest Medicare prescriber of potent narcotics has admitted taking kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing pain medication. Heather Alfonso, 42, of Middlebury, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S District Court in Hartford to receiving $83,000 in kickbacks from January 2013 until...

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Rocker’s Mission: Helping The Mentally Ill Find Their Song

June 23, 2015
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Rocker’s Mission: Helping The Mentally Ill Find Their Song

 By: Cara Rosner Dozens of Connecticut’s most at-risk mental health patients have added a new tool to their treatment plans – songwriting – thanks to an unusual partnership between a New York-based singer and the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Over the past two years, singer-songwriter Mary McBride and her bandmates...

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