The Medical Quack

July-24-2014

2:45

This is a new tamper proof drug which means if it is crushed it looses it affect, but of course imagepeople can still swallow the pills.  Purdue will have to conducted follow up studies on rates of abuse, addiction and death as that’s a standard anymore for any Opioid drugs.  BD


Washington • The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts.

Purdue Pharma’s new drug Targiniq ER is an extended release tablet that combines oxycodone — the active ingredient in OxyContin — with the drug naloxone. FDA regulators approved the drug for daily, round-the-clock pain that does not respond to other medications.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue has often been cited by public health advocates as a key contributor to the overprescribing of opioids. In 2007, Purdue Pharma and three of its executives paid $634 million and pleaded guilty to charges of misleading the public about the safety and addictiveness of OxyContin.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58216959-79/abuse-fda-drug-oxycontin.html.csp

July-24-2014

2:35

Is this a great story or what?  Listen to the video and read below about his past, pretty grizzly so he’s off his rocker to begin with.  He earned his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it.  He was recognized as a regular patron at the store.   BD 

 


A New York City real estate heir acquitted of his neighbor's murder a decade ago is back in trouble, this time for a bizarre imageoutburst in which police say he urinated on a rack of candy at a Texas drug store.

Police say multimillionaire Robert Durst unzipped his pants in a Houston CVS, exposed himself and then urinated on a cash register and candy before walking away from the store just after noon Sunday, Houston NBC affiliate KPRC reported.

He had left the scene by the time police arrived, but on surveillance video he did not appear to have been agitated or argumentative before the incident, police said.

Durst had been arrested in 2001, jumped bond, was found in Pennsylvania trying to steal a sandwich and a Band-Aid from a grocery store and eventually faced trial in the murder. He claimed he had shot Morris Black in self-defense during a struggle over a gun, according to the Houston Chronicle.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/Robert-Durst-Urinates-Houston-CVS-Candy-268180742.html

July-24-2014

2:13

Flagstaff is located in northern Arizona and now the center will be closing.image  There has been a lot of speculation if Walgreens will stay headquartered in the US or move to the UK or Switzerland.

So What Avenue Will Walgreens Take, A Tax Inversion and Move to the UK or Reduction in Costs, Which Means Lay Offs And/Or Closures To Bolster the Value of The Stock?

Last year Walgreens had 75.2 billion in revenue and 2.8 billion in profits.  Remember too these folks bring in about 1 - 2 billion in revenue from selling data which would be part of of the 75 billion in revenue.  In addition Senator Dick Durbin wrote a letter to the chairman of Walgreens  stating they were turning their backs on the US should they decide to move.  Well they have to finance their stock buy backs and reductions and cut backs are part of that as they are pretty leveraged these days if they stay in the US.  The company is also suing CVS and Rite Aid over IP software patents. 

Walgreens Cashing in Big In the Data Selling Epidemic Arena–Incentives Connected to Apps and Devices That Sell, Re-Query and Re-Sell Our Data And Data Profiles

In addition to save money last year all employees were moved to a private health insurance exchange for their benefits that is run by an investor relations firm.   Sounds like things are headed to be a little toxic around Walgreens.  BD 

Walgreens Plans to Move 180,000 Employees Over to Insurance Exchange Managed By AON Consultants, Risk Management, Re-Insurance, Kidnap and Ransom Coverage…And So On


Walgreens

announced it will be closing its distribution center in Flagstaff, leaving 345 people wondering what they're going to do as the company slowly lays them all off by April of next year.

The community is now scrambling to do what it can to keep as many of those workers in town.

"This is the biggest one we've ever had in Flagstaff," said Coconino County Career Center Director Carol Curtis.

The distribution center in Flagstaff was once thought to be an employer that would be around for good. The city even named the road it's on Walgreens Street.

Curtis says the news made the Coconino County Career Center's rapid-response team spring into action.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2014/07/21/12news-walgreens-closes-distribution-center/12972023/

July-23-2014

19:11

We have another new one added today in the form of Wal-Mart Senior VP Leslie Dach to be Burwell’s senior counselor to help manage the health insurance exchanges.  As I have said before I think HHS and CMS has nowhere else to turn with the lack of building their own models over the years.  A former CMS employee told me that for years when they go stuck they imagejust called in United to provide and create a model for them so I think this study is really true from Plos One, the fear of math gives people real physical pain:)  Of course we know this doesn’t apply to Wall Street either but it could alive and well at HHS and CMS these days:)

Algo Duping” – PLOS One Journal Publication Explains Why The Fear of Math Plays a Big Role As One Underlying Reason We All Get Duped And Those Who Don’t Fear Math Take All the Money, Gradually, Using “Mathematical Formulas & Algorithms

Of course we know that we don’t have any real experts anymore either so half dozen of one and six of another, it’s modeling for inequality using segmentation anyway with the “Scoring of America’ that denies access.  As  I said below we are all busy as consumers being chased by corporate profit algorithms all the time with our data by all means and in time the glut will come out as it is beginning to show that all the models are not accurate and many are flawed or just cheat as what happened with the AMA and Ingenix, while the current Andy Slavitt who’s the #2 person  in control now at CMS was CEO over that subsidiary.  If you read the article, Andy Slavitt has officially been forgiven for anything he’s done or will do maybe.   So far the focus has been on the QSSI incident, but how about the AMA suit, he was CEO then of Ingenix…

This is the guidance we can look forward to I guess as I don’t know about you but I do get suspicious about leopards changing their spots, a few do but you can base your own opinion here.    There’s still a bunch of unsettled Ingenix (Optum) lawsuits out there unsettled. 

Healthcare Policy Experts/Politicians - They Really No Longer Exist and Consumers Are Too Busy Being Chased by Algorithms Anymore to Care About You Anyway…

Of course we all might remember Steve Larsen who left CMS to work for Optum as well a couple years ago who was responsible for a big part of the ACA law. 

US Health Insurance Regulator Leaving to Take a Job at UnitedHealth Care As Vice President of the Optum Division – Moving to the “For Profit Side” With Business Intelligence Algorithm Dollars To Review

I said back in 2009 that these two would run over by insurers duping them and well, what do you think:)  I just visualize and said what I felt in 2009 and sad but it’s what happened and we have issue at the SEC going right now too. 

Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kathleen Sebelius – Business Intelligence?
Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Governor for HHS – Please not! Put the “Smart” People in these key positions

The mess we have right now is all credited to the insurers and their companies that’s how they make money with complexities just like Wall Street and the government sucked it all in and I’m far from the first on the web to state this fact.  So we can add a new “sprinkle” of Wal-Mart here, who by the way has a pretty big technology lab up in the Silicon Valley too in case you were not aware.  I like good data and it makes us smarter and we do need it but there’s so much room for one heck of a lot of Algo Duping which works well on the folks living in “The Grays” who can’t tell the difference between virtual and real world values and that’s a real problem in the US..all you have to do is recall the Facebook study a few weeks ago, and there you are:)

So it’s going to be pretty miserable indeed as the White House themselves has been caught with being duped with some junk science numbers so HHS and CMS unless something changes will as I see it keep sucking in what ever models they are presented with, and I did a post on some of that too, “quantitated justifications” for things that are not true and one by one all over today we’re seeing numbers and models fail.  For an easy reference look at all the money spent with Lewin (another United subsidiary) that gave us a steady diet of of studies with “how much much money would be saved with this or with that”.  You can go research and find them on the web too that claims billions and sometimes even trillions would be saved, while banks of data bases were built that scrape and sell our data for billions all the time to which we have absolutely no say or the ability to even see who they are.  World Privacy Forum called that out perfectly “What going on with the secret scoring of US consumers”…we all watching.  Sadly that’s what a lot of these models for better care are built around when it comes out in the wash, not better care, just more algorithms and more scoring to deny access.  BD

World Privacy Forum Report - The Scoring of America: How Secret Consumer Scores Threaten Your Privacy and Your Future - One Big Element that Fuels the Continued Attack of Killer Algorithms & Demise of the Middle Class Creating Profiteering And/Or Denial of Access


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Wednesday announced the appointment of WalMart Senior Vice President Leslie Dach to be her senior counselor and help manage the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

“Leslie’s experience, which spans the business, government and civil society sectors, will further enhance our ability to deliver impact for the American people,” Burwell said. “We want to not only retain, but also recruit, talented individuals to our mission of ensuring every American has access to the building blocks of a healthy, productive life.”

http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/hhs-makes-personnel-moves-better-manage-obamacare/89489/

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