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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

January 10, 2017
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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

By Lisa Chedekel In an unusual move, the FBI is reaching out publicly to patients who were prescribed the powerful narcotic medication Subsys, which federal agents allege was improperly dispensed by practitioners across the country, including a nurse in Derby. In a posting on its Victim Assistance Program website, the FBI asks people who...

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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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Overdoses In Connecticut Fuel Increase In ‘Preventable’ Accidental Deaths

December 8, 2016
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Overdoses In Connecticut Fuel Increase In ‘Preventable’ Accidental Deaths

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut saw one of the highest increases in the nation in preventable deaths from unintentional injuries from 2010 to 2014, mainly because of a spike in opioid overdoses, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An analysis of the report shows that the state’s...

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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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