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OSHA Penalties Drop Nearly 50 Percent In Five Years

December 31, 2016
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OSHA Penalties Drop Nearly 50 Percent In Five Years

By Sujata Srinivasan Penalties levied against Connecticut companies for violations of occupational safety rules dropped by more than half between 2011 and 2015, and the number of cases with penalties fell by 40 percent in the same time period, according to a C-HIT analysis of federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) data. Data...

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Lawmakers Plan To Rein In Weaponized Drones

December 31, 2016
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Lawmakers Plan To Rein In Weaponized Drones

By Gary Stoller December 26, 2016 When Clinton resident Austin Haughwout uploaded YouTube videos of his pistol and flamethrower-equipped drones last year, he triggered a national debate over the use of weaponized drones that is expected to result in new state legislation. Eight states, including Vermont and Maine, now have laws prohibiting or limiting...

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Top Managers Of Pharma Co. Tied To Derby Nurse Charged With Racketeering

December 8, 2016
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Top Managers Of Pharma Co. Tied To Derby Nurse Charged With Racketeering

By Lisa Chedekel Six top pharmaceutical executives and managers, formerly employed by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., were arrested Thursday on charges that they led a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners, including a nurse at a pain clinic in Derby. In a sweeping indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, federal prosecutors charged the...

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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

November 15, 2016
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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

By Lisa Chedekel Ten Connecticut prescribers, including a Derby nurse who is at the center of a federal kickback probe, were responsible for more than 23 percent of the state’s Medicare spending on opioids in 2014, suggesting that the largest share of those prescriptions is concentrated among a small number of clinicians. Recently released...

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