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Popular Alzheimer's theory may be false trail

GAINESVILLE, Fla. The idea that anti-inflammatory drugs might protect people struggling with dementia from Alzheimer's disease has received a blow with the online release of a study of human brain tissue in Acta Neuropathologica . Researchers with the McKnight Brain Institute of the Universit...

Aventis Pharmaceutical to Pay U.S. $95.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON, May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aventis Pharmaceutical Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, has agreed to pay the United States $95.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misreporting drug prices in order to reduce its Medicaid...

Providence Service Corporation Rebuts False and Misleading Statements Contained in Proxy Statement Filed by the Avalon Group

TUCSON, Ariz., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC ) today announced that, after a careful review of the proxy statement filed last week by the Avalon Group with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it believes that the Avalon Group's proxy statem...

Texas-Based Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers to Pay U.S. $4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Inc. nursing home chain will pay the United States $4 million to settle allegations that Regency submitted false claims to Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program, the Justice Department and the U.S....

Minnesota Hospitals to Pay U.S. $2.28 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three HealthEast Care System hospitals have agreed to pay the United States $2.28 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare, the Justice Department announced today. All three hospitals are located ...

San Mateo County, California, to Pay U.S. $6.8 Million to Resolve False Claims Allegations

Settlement Resolves Allegations Against San Mateo County Medical Center WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Mateo County, Calif., has agreed to pay the United States $6.8 million to resolve allegations that the San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) submitted false claims to the Unit...

United States Files Complaint Against Forest Laboratories for Allegedly Violating the False Claims Act

Pharmaceutical Company Allegedly Marketed Drugs for Unapproved Pediatric Use and Paid Kickbacks WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Complaint was unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against a New York pharmaceutical company for alleged False Claims Act vio...

Medifast, Inc. Responds to False Claims

Medifast Schedules Conference Call for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm ET OWINGS MILLS, Md., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED ), a leading clinically-proven portion controlled weight-loss program announced today that it will hold an investor call at the c...

Nationally Recognized Medicaid Fraud Prosecutor Tim Terry Joins Successful Whistleblower Law Practice, Specializing in "Qui Tam" Citizen Suits Under False Claims Acts

L. Timothy Terry, formerly president of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units and Director of Nevada's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, has joined the Whistleblower Action Network through his law firm, The Terry Law Firm, Ltd. of Carson City, Nevada. The Whistleblower Action Netwo...

Californian Files Contact Lens Solution False Advertising Class Action Against Advanced Medical Optics, Announces the Schmidt Firm, LLP

Complaint Charges Consumers Have Been Misled into Purchasing Brand Name Product Identical to Less Expensive Solution Manufactured by AMO for COSTCO Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2008 -- The Schmidt Firm, LLP in Dallas, Texas announced today that Southern Californi...

New Jersey-Based MedQuist Pays U.S. $6.6 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical transcription service provider MedQuist Inc. has paid the United States$6.6 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it overbilled federal government clients, the Justice Department announced today. From 1998 onward, MedQ...

U.S. Intervenes in False Claims Act Suit Against McKesson Corp. and Golden Horizons Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States has intervened in a lawsuit against several companies alleging that they submitted false claims to Medicare arising from illegal kickbacks and the establishment of sham durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, the Justice Depart...

Los Angeles Jury Convicts Defendant of Fraud Involving More Than $1.1 Million in False Billing to Medicare

Thirteenth Trial Conviction for Medicare Fraud Strike Force Since Inception WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal jury in Los Angeles today convicted the owner and operator of Pacific City Group Inc., a Los Angeles based durable medical equipment (DME) company, of defraud...

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to Pay U.S. $2.1 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON and NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS-T) has agreed to pay the United States $2.1 million to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced today. BCBS-T, which is headquartered in Chattan...

Government Ill-Equipped to Prevent Medicaid Fraud, Says False Claims Act Expert

AUSTIN, Texas, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to last week's widely reported story about Medicaid fraud by medical supplies companies that billed the government for services prescribed by dead physicians, Patrick O'Connell of Baron & Budd, P.C., also the former head of the Texas Attorney ...

US soldiers in high-tuberculosis areas face new epidemic: false positives

U.S. Army service members are increasingly deployed in regions of the world where tuberculosis (TB) is rampant, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and the military now faces a growing medical problem. But it is not TB itself that is on the riseinstead, the problem lies with the growing number of pseudo...

Florida Hospital Group Pays U.S. $7,775,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Baptist Health South Florida Inc., a health care system headquartered in Miami, has agreed to pay the United States $7,775,000 to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act and the Stark Statute between 2003 and 2005, by paying excessive c...

Study shows false memories complicate end-of-life treatment decisions

Irvine, Calif., April 25, 2008 -- Advance directives, or living wills, may not effectively honor end-of-life wishes because life-sustaining treatment preferences often change without people being aware of the changes, according to a new study co-authored by UC Irvine researchers Peter Ditto and El...

North Carolina Dental Services Chain Pays $10 Million to Resolve False Claims Allegations

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicaid Dental Center (MDC), a privately-owned chain of dental clinics in North Carolina previously known as Smile Starters and Carolina Dental Center, has reached a settlement with the United States and North Carolina to resolve False C...

MRI's high false positive rate has little impact on women's choice of preventive mastectomy

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) falsely detects breast cancer in five out of every six positive scans according to new research into the use of MRI for women with a high, inherited risk of developing the disease. However, this high rate of false positives does not have a major impact on a womans ...

JAMA Article Provides False Support for CDC's Do-Nothing Position on MRSA

NEW YORK, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) purports to show that screening for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus), a simple skin or nasal swab, is not effective in reducing MRSA hospital infections ("Univer...

Information About The Airborne Health, Inc. Settlement, and Other Ongoing Litigation Alleging False and Deceptive Marketing Of Airborne(R)

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, a settlement entered into by Airborne Health, Inc. - the maker of the Airborne(R) brand "effervescent health formula" - became widely publicized. In that settlement, Airborne Health, Inc. agreed to pay approximately $23.3 million to settle a class act...

Single reader with CAD more efficient, yields fewer false positives, and possibly more sensitive

Single reading of screening mammograms with computer-aided detection (CAD) is more efficient than double reading and yields a higher sensitivity than the first reader in a double reading program, according to a study conducted by researchers at Charlotte Radiology in Charlotte, NC. In addition, th...

United States Joins False Claims Act Cases Against Three New Jersey Hospitals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States has intervened against three New Jersey hospitals in two whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the hospitals defrauded Medicare, the Justice Department announced today. The three hospitals are Robert Wood Johnson University Hospit...

Federal Judge Says Sugar Association Suit Accusing Johnson & Johnson of False Advertising to Go Forward

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal court in Los Angeles has opened the door to shining a harsh spotlight on the pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson, whose subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals has been accused of false advertising the controversial chemical sweetener Splenda. United Stat...

Stryker Corp. & Physiotherapy Associates to Pay U.S. $16.6 Million for Alleged False Claims to Federal Health Care Programs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker Corporation and its former outpatient therapy division, Physiotherapy Associates Inc., have agreed to pay the United States $16.6 million to settle allegations that Physiotherapy submitted false claims to Medicare an...

Brain Yields Clues to False Memories

People can 'recall' something that never happened, experts say THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The areas of the brain where memory is processed may determine how a person can be absolutely certain of a past event that never occurred, otherwise known as a "false memory," say Duke University...

Penn researchers pinpoint the brain waves that distinguish false memories from real ones

PHILADELPHIA - For the first time, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are able to pinpoint brain waves that distinguish true from false memories, providing a better understanding of how memory works and creating a new strategy to help epilepsy patients retain cognitive function. The s...

Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones-Thompson Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Two Separate Federal Criminal Investigations

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marion Jones-Thompson, 31, of Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty today to charges of making false statements to federal agencies in connection with two investigations conducted out of the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Californ...

Ultrasound plus mammography finds more cancers, but increases false positives

CHAPEL HILL Adding ultrasound to mammography finds more cancers than mammography alone, but also substantially increases the number of false positives, according to first-year results from a three-year study of the two tests. At this point, its not clear whether the benefit provided by ultraso...

A New System to Displace False Prescription Claims

A new computer system is underway in Northern Ireland which will aim to bring some reprieve to the prevalent prescription antics, so rampant, that is milking// the government to the tune of £7m annually. The system is designed to conduct certain checks of patient and prescription information...

Lawsuit Against Sunscreen Makers For False Claims of Protection Against Skin Cancer

A consumer lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses sunscreen makers of exposing millions of innocent people to cancer by making false claims on their products.// The suit, which is a combination of nine other lawsuits, has named manufacturers like Coppertone, Banana Boat, Hawaiian ...

Doctor Grilled In Court For False Report About Vioxx Health Risk

The doctor, who had dismissed increased risk of heart attack associated with Vioxx, has been accused by lawyers who argue that his views are 'out of the mainstream' as it is based on biased research //, funded by the drug company, Merck and Co. Thomas Cona and John Mcdarby have sued the pharm...

KGMCTA Condemns False Report, Concerning Death of a Boy

The Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association (KGMCTA) on Friday has staged a protest, condemning the report about the death // of a boy, Shyam, at the Medical College Hospital in Tiruvanathapuram. The report claimed that the death was caused due to the administration of wrong medici...

Asian Doctors Caught Issuing False Sick Notes

Disciplinary proceedings are taking place against five doctors, four of whom are Asians who were caught issuing false sick notes in a sting// operation in the UK. The operation was conducted by newspaper reporters who posed as sick patients, and the doctors may be struck of the medical register al...

Researchers at Cornell University as been reported using research fund by false claims

Researchers at Cornell University in New York are under investigation for allegedly enrolling inappropriate participants in research studies and filing false information on protocols with the US National Institutes // of Health (NIH) to maintain government funding for a university research center. ...

Anti-Fluoride Claims Discarded As False

The dental and public health organizations in Maine criticized the anti-fluoride campaigns made by a Bangor child specialist//. They also advised the residents not to believe the false information and alter their water treatment policies. Dora Anne Mills, the Director for Maine Center for Disea...

Budhia Is Fine, Government-constituted Medical Board Reports False

A Cardiologist working for a private medical college described the Budhia’s medical board report as ‘quite premature’//. A panel of Government doctors who had examined the budding marathon runner, warned him against running such long distances. According to the report of the government-consti...

Federal Judge Sentences Defendants Who Perpetrated $10.9 Million Medicare Fraud HIV Infusion Scheme

...ants bilked Medicare out of millions of dollars in false claims. The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Florid...Marrero to manipulate blood samples to justify the false claims. Marrero testified that Pacheco worked dire...e. in Miami-Dade County with $12,600 in cash and a false Florida driver's license in the name of Jose Luis ...

Duane Reade Holdings, Inc. Announces Closing of Offering of $300 Million of 11.75% Senior Secured Notes Due 2015

...forcement by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies of federal and state laws dealing with past and future matters related to submission of false claims, fraud and abuse, pharmacist licensing and excluded provider lists, changes in our operating strategy, capital expenditure plans or development...
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