HHS opens door to possibility of importing some drugs to drive down prices

first_img Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar J. Scott Applewhite/AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. @eemershon HHS opens door to possibility of importing some drugs to drive down prices STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED [email protected] GET STARTEDcenter_img Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsWhite House Politics Erin Mershon WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is opening up the door to importing prescription drugs — at least in a limited number of cases.The administration said Thursday that the Department of Health and Human Services will form a working group to look at the idea of importing drugs from other countries in cases in which there is a dramatic price increase for a drug produced by one manufacturer and not protected by patents or exclusivities. Senior News Editor What is it? By Erin Mershon July 19, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Parties in court over feeding schemes

first_imgIf a draft proposal by the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, went ahead, feeding schemes like this one would not have been able to distribute cooked food. The DA has taken the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to court to stop her from regulating food aid programmes – including a draft proposal to ban all cooked food donations.According to Western Cape High Court papers, “the parties will exchange heads of argument on or before Wednesday June 17”, and ordered that no feeding project be barred from handing out cooked food for the next month.MEC for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, also approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) with her department’s concern. On Thursday May 21, the SAHRC pronounced that an attempt by government to block food provision for those in need, was a human rights violation. The national lockdown implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19 resulted in many people being unable to earn an income, and many others losing their jobs. Food aid programmes in communities across Cape Town have become pivotal, as hundreds of thousands are now forced to rely on them for their daily meals. Having a ban on the distribution of cooked food would have a devastating effect on those who rely on it, said Caroline Peters, a community activist, who also runs a feeding scheme from her home in Bridgetown, under her organisation, Calla’s Community Projects.“We welcome the decision of the Human Rights Commission. We have the right to food. It’s also not just about feeding – how will our community fight this virus without nutrition? We have been serving food since 2018, and the need has become especially greater now. This lockdown has left people worse off. I was so overwhelmed and cried when I saw some of my family members and friends in the queue for food. Many tradesmen were also in the queue – it’s no longer just the people considered the poorest of the poor who collect food. For many, the food they get at feeding projects, would be their only meal for the day. There will be a huge gap if cooked food is not allowed,” Ms Peters said.Her feeding project now operates seven days a week, and feeds up to 600 people a day – not just in Bridgetown, but also Vygieskraal, Silvertown, Parktown and Kewtown. Ms Peters added that they have strict measures in place when handing out the food, and also use the opportunity to educate the community about the coronavirus. Her organisation has also received a donation of masks for children, which they handed out. They also make sure that the meals they hand out, also comes with fruit, she said.“Fruit is essential. Our communities cannot afford to buy vitamins, and this is found in fruit.”She was critical of the national Department of Social Development’s (DSD) suggestion that all food aid must be centralised through that department.“The DSD could not handle handing out food parcels. There are so still so many people who are waiting for it, and who applied early in the process,” Ms Peters said.Food aid programmes where people have to come out to collect it, also give women in abusive situations an opportunity to get the help they need, she added.“Through the feeding scheme, women have access to us and our work against gender-based violence. The food security programmes are more than just feeding people. Today (Friday May 22) we were able to help two women from our area to get into shelters.” Tina Thiart, the co-founder of 1 000 Women Trust, an organisation which also works in the field of gender-based violence, agreed that food aid programmes give women access to get help. Ms Thiart has started an online campaign called War on Hunger, and the petition reached 10 000 signatures within a week. “A lot of people don’t have cooking facilities, and many have no money to buy electricity, so it would be very difficult for them to cook, should they receive a food parcel. Also, non-profit organisations (NPOs) don’t have the resources to drive around to deliver food at people’s homes. We are saying to government they must stay away from our kitchens. Having food aid programmes is part of our Ubuntu. This is how South Africans are. It’s amazing to see the people who donate – there are very little donations from companies – most are from ordinary people who share. Why do we need directives for NPOs?” Ms Thiart asked.Ms Fernandez said the national DSD’s draft regulations in their current form would have devastating consequences for any non-profit or non-government organisation, private donors or civil society organisations wanting to distribute food relief to vulnerable people.She said her department was also concerned about other requirements highlighted in the proposed draft directions, including provincial departments of Social Development issuing permits to all NPOs who want to provide food aid. This, she said would be “virtually impossible to implement, as there are tens of thousands of organisations and individuals in every province, and this is likely to lead to delays in food distribution”.last_img read more

Trump Taj Mahal closes after 26 years; 5th casino casualty

first_img Published: October 10, 2016 8:58 AM EDT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Donald Trump opened his Trump Taj Mahal casino 26 years ago, calling it “the eighth wonder of the world.”But his friend and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn closed it Monday morning, making it the fifth casualty of Atlantic City’s casino crisis.The sprawling Boardwalk casino, with its soaring domes, minarets and towers built to mimic the famed Indian palace, shut down at 5:59 a.m., having failed to reach a deal with its union workers to restore health care and pension benefits that were taken away from them in bankruptcy court.Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs, bringing the total jobs lost by Atlantic City casino closings to 11,000 since 2014.Picketers affixed an anti-Icahn poster that they had signed to the casino’s main Boardwalk entrance door. It proclaimed “We held the line.”“We held the line against a billionaire taking from us!” said Marc Scittina, a food service worker at the Taj Mahal’s player’s club since shortly after it opened in 1990. “This battle has been going on for two years.”The union went on strike July 1, and Icahn decided to shut the place down a little over a month later, determining there was “no path to profitability.”The Taj Mahal becomes the fifth Atlantic City casino to go out of business since 2014, when four others, including Trump Plaza, shut their doors.But this shutdown is different: it involves a casino built by the Republican candidate for president, who took time out from the campaign trail to lament its demise.“I felt they should have been able to make a deal,” Trump told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “It’s hard to believe they weren’t able to make a deal.”Chuck Baker, a cook at the Taj Mahal since the day it opened in April 1990, was on the picket line outside the casino at the moment it shut down. He was here when the doors opened in April 1990 and wanted to be there when they closed as well.He led a moment of silence among the otherwise rowdy 200 or so picketers on the Boardwalk outside the casino “before we shut down Taj Mahal.”“This didn’t have to happen,” he said. “To (Icahn), it’s all just business. But to us, it’s destroying our livelihoods and our families. You take away our health care, our pensions and overload the workers, we just can’t take it.”Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said virtually all of the striking workers feel the same way.“Everybody has their Popeye moment: ‘That’s all I can stands; I can’t stands no more,’ ” he said. “The workers made a choice that they weren’t going to accept benefits and terms of employment worse than everyone else’s. I applaud them: for the first time in 30 years, workers stood up to Carl Icahn and made him throw in the towel.”Icahn reached his own Popeye moment on Aug. 3, when he determined the $350 million he had lost investing in, and then owning, the Taj Mahal was enough. It was then that he decided to close the casino, fearing he would lose an additional $100 million next year.“Today is a sad day for Atlantic City,” he said Monday. “Like many of the employees at the Taj Mahal, I wish things had turned out differently.”The union reached contracts on June 30 with four of the five casinos it had targeted for a possible strike – including the Tropicana, which Icahn also owns. It granted negotiation extensions to three others: the Borgata, Resorts and the Golden Nugget. McDevitt said talks with the Borgata will begin this month, followed closely by the remaining two.The Taj Mahal joins the Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel in the growing club of Atlantic City casinos that, since 2014, have succumbed to economic pressure brought about in large measure by competition from casinos in neighboring states. The city now will have seven casinos.Later Monday, newly unemployed former Taj Mahal workers were to begin signing up for unemployment benefits and temporary help with utility payments at a union-run resource center at a nearby hotel. Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Trump Taj Mahal closes after 26 years; 5th casino casualty SHARElast_img read more

Qatar are Asian football champions and set an example for the rest of the…

first_imgAdvertisement 8gq5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbiu4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecx2r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 10m2dWould you ever consider trying this?😱t0nCan your students do this? 🌚f9Roller skating! Powered by Firework On 2nd December 2010, the World woke up to the news that a nation by the name of “Qatar” are to be the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts. Perplexed as to how a country as remote as Qatar can possibly anchor the grandest public event on the planet , many of us scratched our heads in disbelief. A lot can change over time , especially for a nation with a vision, a goal and a will to never give up despite what the odds might be. Today, Qatar has set an example of just that for the entire world to see and learn.Advertisement Al Annabi (The Maroons) conquered the AFC Cup after beating Japan and did so with style. Under the leadership of Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, the Qatar football team took Asia by a storm. On the road to the finals , the Qatari side (ranked 93 by FIFA) beat much higher ranked sides in the form of World Cup regulars Saudi Arabia and South Korea.Advertisement The narrative was set long before the finals began – Japan were up against an untamed beast who would stop at nothing to prove the world wrong. Having conceded 0 goals before the finals and scored 14 , the odds were stacked against Japan. Quick goals by prolific striker Al-Moez Ali and Hatem before the 30th minute mark saw Japan shell-shocked. Although Japan did steal a goal back in their recovery mission , a handball by captain Yoshida saw Qatar seal the deal with a cool penalty from assist-machine Afif. 3-1 and the history books were written.Solid defensive display, sublime counter attacks and world-class finishes have not just etched Qatar’s name in Asian football folklore but also taken them to the cusp of successful times ahead as comes the FIFA World Cup in 3 years time. Moreover, it was no fluke and the numbers speak for themselves : 17 goals scored and 1 conceded. To add to that, Al-Moez Ali scored 9 goals this tournament and broke the 23 year old record of most number of goals in an AFC cup tournament set previously at 8 goals by legendary Iranian striker Ali Dae.Advertisement Amidst the rumble of regional tension and a backdrop of international instability , the Peninsular nation has somehow achieved the unthinkable. The young squad braved jeers, shoes, insults and criticism in an unwelcoming nation of UAE and did justice to their quest of hosting football’s grandest spectacle – the World Cup. The 2022 dream is underway for this ever-growing footballing nation! Advertisementlast_img read more

Swans test Lions’ mettle

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New community grant program launched in Officer

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Statement from Premier Daniel Andrews

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Galway Athletics Report

first_imgFixturesKilconieron 5 MileNext Sunday 25th February will see the 10th edition of the Kilconieron 5 Mile Charity Run & Walk, which will take place at 12.15pm, with a kids run at 11.30. The race is a major charity fundraiser and this year recipients are the Réalta & Butterfly Classes, Autism Unit, Carrabane National School & Carrabane Community Games. Registration is at The Gate Lodge pub and the start line is a short walk from thereprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email National Senior Indoor Championships Jerry Keary Craughwell AC, left, Silver medal winner in High Jump, with Barry Pender winner and Lucas Moylan thirdConnacht Indoor Championships The 2018 Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships take place in the Athlone IT Arena next weekend, and will be held over two days.  Saturday 24th sees the U12 and U13 age groups compete, and Sunday 25th February will feature the 14 age groups up to Senior, with a 10 am start both days, and close to one thousand athletes expected to compete. Winner Sean Breathnach of Galway City Harriers A.C. competing in the Senior Men Shot Put during the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships. Picture Credit: Sportsfile Alanna Lally of UCD AC, Co Dublin, celebrates winning the Senior Women 800m during the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture Credit: Sportsfile Award for Dempsey Jack Dempsey, Athletics Ireland award winner for 2017Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers was awarded “Galway Athlete of the Year” for 2017 by Athletics Ireland in Tullamore at the National Juvenile Awards held Saturday last. Dempsey was National Champion over 60m indoors and 100m outdoors as well as a 200m bronze medalist in 2017 in the U19 category.The young GCH star has also been selected on the Irish relay panel for the upcoming U20 World Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland. It was a phenomenally successful weekend for Galway athletes at the National Track and Field Indoor Championships, held in the superb National Indoor Arena in Dublin, with national titles for both Sean Breathnach and Alanna Lally.Sean Breathnach of Galway City Harriers gets better with age, and on Sunday he took yet another National Shot Putt title, and in the process set a new National Indoor Shot Putt record of 18.30m, to win gold after an enthralling competition. Breathnach had a great battle with the up and coming John Kelly (Finn Valley AC), who led early on with a best throw of 17.53m, which ultimately gave him second to a champion performance from the Connemara man Breathnach.Galway’s Alanna Lally now with UCD AC, won her first National senior title in the women’s 800m, where she dominated from the gun, to take gold in 2:08.71.Jerry Keary of Craughwell AC also took his first National Senior medal claiming silver in the Men’s High Jump with a 1.90m leap.Other notable Galway performances over the weekend came from Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC, who placed fourth in the Ladies 3k Walk and Sinead Gaffney of Craughwell AC who made the 800m final, placing eighth and running a club record 2.19 in the process. GCH’s multi-eventer Michael Breathnach competed in five events, with a best finish of fourth in the Shot Putt, behind brother Sean, while Brendan Staunton of GCH was seventh overall in the Shot final. NUIG athlete Damien Landers placed fifth in the Men’s 1500m, competing for Ennis Track AC.last_img read more

Kiltormer to remain in Intermediate for 2020

first_imgIt remains to be seen what format the 2020 Intermediate Hurling Championship will take when the draw takes place next month. The 2019 championship was organised into 2 groups of 7 teams. The 15 teams in the 2020 Intermediate Hurling Championship are: The Galway Hurling Committee have agreed to allow Kiltormer remain in the Intermediate Hurling Championship for 2020. The East Galway Club were relegated to Junior A last season (2019) when they lost out to Kilbeacanty in the Intermediate Championship Relegation Final (see Connacht Tribune headline above). The decision to keep the former All Ireland Club Champions in Intermediate was made at a Hurling committee meeting last week and means that there will be 15 teams in the IHC in 2020. Athenry were promoted to the Intermediate Championship by virtue of winning the Junior A championship. It’s not the first time a team relegated from Intermediate remained in the championship the following season with the likes of Annaghdown and Kilbeacanty among the clubs to benefit in recent years. Abbeyknockmoy, Annaghdown, An Spideal, Athenry, Carnmore, Castlegar, Kilbeacanty, Kilconieron, Killimor, Kiltormer, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Moycullen, Rahoon-Newcastle, Sylane, Turloughmoreprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Hearing to address Utah mine collapse

first_imgAmong those invited to testify are Robert E. Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy, a co-owner of the mine, and Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies, said Stickler, whose nomination he opposed, was too weak on the industry. “When we had the hearing on Stickler before, we were concerned about his record on toughness in enforcement on violations,” Specter said in an interview. In Huntington, workers are drilling a sixth hole near the miners’ last work site. When asked Wednesday what officials expected to find, Jack Kuzar, an official of the mine safety agency, said: “I don’t want to speculate. Mine officials had said the bodies might not be recovered. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. told a television station, “I think the way the families have been treated is unconscionable.” WASHINGTON – A Senate subcommittee that oversees labor questions said Thursday that it would hold a hearing on the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in Utah. The panel is investigating what went wrong, where false reports of an earthquake originated and the failure to use advanced rescue efforts. Senators want to know whether Richard E. Stickler, director of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, has imposed proper penalties for code violations by mines and whether the agency has done enough to help the rescue of the six missing miners. The committee has also asked the agency for information on the Crandall Canyon safety record. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more