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Ohio to get $19.6M settlement from EpiPen false claims case
 Ohio’s Medicaid program will get a reimbursement of $19.6 million from the maker of the EpiPen after years of underpaid rebates. The payment is part of a larger $465 million settlement between Mylan Inc. and the federal government officially announced by the Department of Justice Thursday. Mylan is making the repayment to resolve allegations...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio’s Medicaid program will get a reimbursement of $19.6 million from the maker of the EpiPen after years of underpaid rebates. The payment is part of a larger $465 million settlement between Mylan Inc. and the federal government officially announced by the Department of Justice Thursday. Mylan is making the repayment to resolve allegations...
Teen overdose deaths spike in region
 Teen deaths from drug overdoses are spiking after years of decline, national data shows, and adding to the concern is how quickly some people are escalating into hard drugs at such a young age. “We’re seeing new users starting right into these street drugs,” said Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger, noting that kids...

Posted: 4 days ago

Teen deaths from drug overdoses are spiking after years of decline, national data shows, and adding to the concern is how quickly some people are escalating into hard drugs at such a young age. “We’re seeing new users starting right into these street drugs,” said Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger, noting that kids...
5 local kids who died while on Children’s Services’ radar
 Numerous times in recent years local children have died of abuse or neglect while child protective services had contact with the family. Wylie, 13, died April 1 from a drug overdose. Children’s Services had an open case with the family due to previous reports of drug use in the Valley Street home. His father Robert B. Wylie, 40...

Posted: 12 days ago

Numerous times in recent years local children have died of abuse or neglect while child protective services had contact with the family. Wylie, 13, died April 1 from a drug overdose. Children’s Services had an open case with the family due to previous reports of drug use in the Valley Street home. His father Robert B. Wylie, 40...
Nursing home forced to close: 5 things we know now
 As of Aug. 1, a Columbus nursing home that previously housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state has lost its ability to bill Medicaid and Medicare and is closing. Ohio nursing home with most sex offenders shut down for repeat violations Here’s 5 things to know about Bryden Place and the closure. 1. Most residents have...

Posted: 14 days ago

As of Aug. 1, a Columbus nursing home that previously housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state has lost its ability to bill Medicaid and Medicare and is closing. Ohio nursing home with most sex offenders shut down for repeat violations Here’s 5 things to know about Bryden Place and the closure. 1. Most residents have...
Nursing home with most sex offenders shut down for repeat violations
 A Columbus nursing home that housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state, and has been plagued by health and safety violations, is closing after the federal government terminated its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a notice to Bryden Place that its state license will be revoked...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Columbus nursing home that housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state, and has been plagued by health and safety violations, is closing after the federal government terminated its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a notice to Bryden Place that its state license will be revoked...
Nursing home with most sex offenders shut down for repeat violations
 A Columbus nursing home that housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state and has been plagued by health and safety violations is closing after the federal government terminated its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a notice to Bryden Place that its state license will be revoked...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Columbus nursing home that housed the most sex offenders of any facility in the state and has been plagued by health and safety violations is closing after the federal government terminated its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a notice to Bryden Place that its state license will be revoked...
Supporters of prescription drug issue file complaint against opponents
 UPDATE 8/2/2017: The Yes on Issue 2 campaign today officially filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against their opponents. The complaint claims Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue LLC, a corporation through which trade group PhRMA has contributed $15.8 million to the No on Issue 2 campaign, violated Ohio law by...

Posted: 20 days ago

UPDATE 8/2/2017: The Yes on Issue 2 campaign today officially filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against their opponents. The complaint claims Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue LLC, a corporation through which trade group PhRMA has contributed $15.8 million to the No on Issue 2 campaign, violated Ohio law by...
Who has the most money in Ohio’s governor race right now?
 Three of the four Republicans vying to become Ohio’s next governor are each sitting on $4 million war chests. The four Democrats, however, have less than $2 million combined with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley among the top fundraisers. This is according to Ohio campaign finance reports filed Monday, which track contributions and expenses...

Posted: 21 days ago

Three of the four Republicans vying to become Ohio’s next governor are each sitting on $4 million war chests. The four Democrats, however, have less than $2 million combined with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley among the top fundraisers. This is according to Ohio campaign finance reports filed Monday, which track contributions and expenses...
Issue 2: Millions already spent on prescription drug price campaigns
 Collectively, the campaigns arguing for and against Issue 2, a November ballot issue about prescription drug prices, have raised more than $18 million.  The majority of that money is flowing into the “No on Issue 2” campaign, which has raised $15.8 million, according to semi-annual campaign finance filings due today...

Posted: 21 days ago

Collectively, the campaigns arguing for and against Issue 2, a November ballot issue about prescription drug prices, have raised more than $18 million.  The majority of that money is flowing into the “No on Issue 2” campaign, which has raised $15.8 million, according to semi-annual campaign finance filings due today...
Auditor: 'Imagine finding on the street a credit card with a $5 million limit?’
 Local governments that use credit and debit cards could be putting taxpayer money at risk because many don’t have basic policies in place to prevent theft or misuse, according to a report released Wednesday by Auditor of State Dave Yost. In a survey of more than 1,600 local government entities — from townships to school boards...

Posted: 26 days ago

Local governments that use credit and debit cards could be putting taxpayer money at risk because many don’t have basic policies in place to prevent theft or misuse, according to a report released Wednesday by Auditor of State Dave Yost. In a survey of more than 1,600 local government entities — from townships to school boards...
Doctors say Pilkington has brain damage, lawyers want confession out
 The lawyers for a Bellefontaine mom accused of killing her three sons have asked again for her confession to be thrown out based on new medical testimony that she suffers from brain damage and that alleged abuse by her now husband began at a young age. Two doctors who evaluated Brittany Pilkington say trauma and lead poisoning as a child...

Posted: 26 days ago

The lawyers for a Bellefontaine mom accused of killing her three sons have asked again for her confession to be thrown out based on new medical testimony that she suffers from brain damage and that alleged abuse by her now husband began at a young age. Two doctors who evaluated Brittany Pilkington say trauma and lead poisoning as a child...
Professor on buried baby’s death: Hard to estimate ‘how common this is’
 Cases like that of Brooke Skylar Richardson — accused in the death of her newborn baby, whose remains were found buried in the backyard of her Carlisle home — are more common than people think, according to one area professor. Wright State University psychology professor Cheryl Meyer said she has interviewed hundreds of women...

Posted: 27 days ago

Cases like that of Brooke Skylar Richardson — accused in the death of her newborn baby, whose remains were found buried in the backyard of her Carlisle home — are more common than people think, according to one area professor. Wright State University psychology professor Cheryl Meyer said she has interviewed hundreds of women...
Investigators search Carlisle home where baby’s remains found in yard
 UPDATE @1:56 a.m. (July 25): We are working to learn more about a search conducted Monday evening of the Carlisle home where a baby’s remains were found. UPDATE @ 7:52 p.m. (July 24): Warren County sheriff's investigators on Monday evening are searching the house in Carlisle where the remains of a baby were found in the backyard...

Posted: 28 days ago

UPDATE @1:56 a.m. (July 25): We are working to learn more about a search conducted Monday evening of the Carlisle home where a baby’s remains were found. UPDATE @ 7:52 p.m. (July 24): Warren County sheriff's investigators on Monday evening are searching the house in Carlisle where the remains of a baby were found in the backyard...
Could Ohio cheerleader have used safe haven law to give up baby?
 The case of an 18-year-old Carlisle woman charged with reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her backyard have prompted questions about Ohio’s “Safe Haven” law. The state law provides an option for parents of newborns who wish to give up the infant within 30 days of birth.  It&rsquo...

Posted: 28 days ago

The case of an 18-year-old Carlisle woman charged with reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her backyard have prompted questions about Ohio’s “Safe Haven” law. The state law provides an option for parents of newborns who wish to give up the infant within 30 days of birth.  It&rsquo...
Patients react to fraud indictment of Springfield cardiologist
 Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield, and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were both charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and making false statements, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges the couple received...

7:58 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield, and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were both charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and making false statements, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges the couple received...
Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registry
 Two decades after Ohio began labeling sex offenders on a public database and setting restrictions on where they can live, a major overhaul to the law is being proposed that could drop thousands of lower-level offenders off the list Some critics are even calling for doing away with the registry entirely, saying it’s been an expensive...

10:00 AM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

Two decades after Ohio began labeling sex offenders on a public database and setting restrictions on where they can live, a major overhaul to the law is being proposed that could drop thousands of lower-level offenders off the list Some critics are even calling for doing away with the registry entirely, saying it’s been an expensive...
Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud
 A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...

3:45 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...
Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating two children a week for opiate overdoses
 Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating as many as two children a week for opioid overdoses due to accidental exposure since the beginning of 2017. “It seems like every week we are having the same conversation about kids who have symptoms of opiate exposure,” said Kelly Liker, a pediatric physician at Dayton Children&rsquo...

8:32 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating as many as two children a week for opioid overdoses due to accidental exposure since the beginning of 2017. “It seems like every week we are having the same conversation about kids who have symptoms of opiate exposure,” said Kelly Liker, a pediatric physician at Dayton Children&rsquo...
Local baby girl dies due to carfentanil, fentanyl intoxication while with grandmother
 Dayton Police are still actively investigating the child’s death and said there could be charges against adults who supplied or used drugs in the home.  They still don’t know exactly how the girl came in contact with the drugs. “Coming in contact with carfentanil and fentanyl, through your skin can lead to death,&rdquo...

2:36 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

Dayton Police are still actively investigating the child’s death and said there could be charges against adults who supplied or used drugs in the home.  They still don’t know exactly how the girl came in contact with the drugs. “Coming in contact with carfentanil and fentanyl, through your skin can lead to death,&rdquo...
EpiPen lawsuit targets drug price middlemen
 A new class action lawsuit challenging the price of EpiPens is targeting not the drug’s manufacturer, but three pharmacy benefit managers and the industry’s rebate practices. The lawsuit alleges CVS Health, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics, cause price gouging — including the more than 500 percent increase in EpiPen&rsquo...

8:33 PM Wednesday, Jul. 05, 2017

A new class action lawsuit challenging the price of EpiPens is targeting not the drug’s manufacturer, but three pharmacy benefit managers and the industry’s rebate practices. The lawsuit alleges CVS Health, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics, cause price gouging — including the more than 500 percent increase in EpiPen&rsquo...
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