Alcohol & Substance Abuse | Health | SouthcentralSafeway to pay feds $3M after Wasilla pharmacy lost thousands of pain pillsJuly 20, 2017 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:The supermarket chain Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay $3 million in a settlement that involves missing pain medication from a pharmacy in Wasilla.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170719-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A settlement agreement signed Tuesday between Safeway and the Department of Justice said the Wasilla Carrs pharmacy was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration for failing to follow DEA protocols on reporting controlled substances like opioids when they go missing.“We received a loss notification from Safeway in Wasilla regarding over 12,000 tablets of hydrocodone,” Seattle-based DEA agent Jodie Underwood said. “Our investigators reviewed the situation, it was determined they had not reported it in a timely manner.”According to the settlement, the pills went missing in 2013 and were not reported to the DEA until 2014. The protocol is to report such a loss within one business day.According to a statement from the DEA, the pills were stolen by employees.The settlement documents say Safeway encouraged unlawful practices by directing pharmacists to report missing drugs only internally. It’s a practice the settlement describes in cases investigated at five different pharmacies, including the one in Wasilla.“When there’s untimely reporting of a significant loss, it can thwart our investigative efforts. You know, we are in the middle of an opioid crisis,” Underwood said. “It is critical that all involved in the supply and distribution chain do their part.”To settle the broader case, Safeway will have to pay the $3 million directly to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington within 20 days.Share this story:
Brian Darnowski By Alexander Whiteman 18/01/2017 The Container Owners Association (COA) has made a double appointment: Brian Darnowski elected its new chairman and Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen as deputy chairman.Mr Darnowski, Triton International’s vice president of global operations, has been a board member since 2008, while head of cargo management at Maersk Line Mr Ernst-Frederiksen joined the board in 2014. Both will serve a three-year term.Prior to joining Triton International Mr Darnowski worked for several container lines, having started his career in shipping at US Lines in 1983 where he held various roles over a nine-year stint with the company.Starting out as a petty officer with the Royal Danish Navy, Mr Ernst-Frederiksen has spent his life in shipping, joining AP Moller-Maersk in 2000 and working his way through the ranks before moving over to management in 2003 for the firm’s European services.Alongside his work with the COA, he has spent three years as board chairman for the Cargo Incident Notification system; similarly, Mr Darnowski also serves a separate association as a technology communication member for the Institute of International Container Lessors.Mr Darnowski said that the container shipping industry would continue to face challenging times for the foreseeable future.“Despite this, I am looking forward to working with the COA board and our members to provide tangible membership benefits, with the focus on improving efficiency, developing common standards and promoting industry best practice,” he added.Mr Ernst-Frederiksen said that, with the COA representing over 85% of the world’s container fleet, it would be launching initiatives to provide improved benefits for members.“These will include new COA-recommended industry guidelines and standards, together with an innovative approach to our conference and work groups meetings, to ensure maximum value for our members,” he added.
Costs for air cargo operators are expected to fall at Baghdad, following the news that Menzies Aviation, via its joint venture with Iraqi Airways, has started handling at the airport.The JV, branded MASIL, has launched a ‘Cargo Go Live’ initiative with a manifesto for creating “a world-class terminal”.The news that MASIL was awarded an exclusive contract for Baghdad – the first for a foreign aviation services company – by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority was welcomed by the industry.One operator into the capital said it had already used Menzies’ services and that the installation of a new company would help “stamp out some of the problems” at the airport. “Menzies did a terrific job,” he said. “Cargo handling is not good and there is a very high rate for Customs duties. Erbil, for example, is only about one-quarter of the price at Baghdad. Over the years there has been corruption and bad organisation, so lots of freight went to Erbil instead.“They seem to have started again by appointing a good handling agent, so they must be pretty keen to fix the problem. Baghdad is a shorter distance for us than Erbil.”Menzies, which has employed and is training 65 staff, said its priority would be improvements such as technology and boosting safety, security and operational performance.A spokesperson added: “Our rates will reflect the level of service airline customers and other stakeholders will receive from the Menzies Aviation-led MASIL consortium, and take into account the significant capital expenditure that will be invested to improve the facility to be competitive in the region.”Menzies did not say how long this would take, but said it had already put in place “a full transition and integration plan to ensure that our Baghdad operations are in line with those at any of our other 200 locations around the world”.It added: “We have a large team of trainers on the ground who have provided full dual language training for all staff to understand and follow not only Menzies but IATA standards. We’re committed to supporting the continual development of operating practices and training programmes in Iraq as part of this joint venture.”The handler said its agreement as part of MASIL allows it to extend its services to Mosul, “once it has been re-built”, and added: “The consortium may also participate in competitive tenders to extend our presence at other airports throughout the country. Menzies is actively looking at other opportunities to expand in the region.”One airline source said the Iraqi market was in good health, and offered opportunities.“Erbil is buoyant, the Kurds have money. There is lots of business in Kurdish Iraq, as there is oil and money – and demand for hi-tech. But the Iraqis have money too, it’s just been difficult to make it work through Baghdad.”Meanwhile, forwarders and airlines working in Afghanistan have expressed concern over the future of the market as the US withdraws. One source said: “A fair bit of revenue will exit the economy; the US was a big part of it. Bagram [the huge military base] was a mini-city.” By Alex Lennane 28/04/2021
SAN FRANCISCO — It used to be that big-name health care officials and executives on their way out of power would take a cozy perch at a university. Now? More and more of them are landing at Google companies.Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the longtime president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, is the latest health care bigwig to pick Google as a landing pad. He’ll become an executive adviser to Google Cloud’s team working on health care and life sciences, the company announced recently.Cosgrove’s new coworkers at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will include a growing who’s-who list in health care: There’s Dr. Robert Califf, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who joined Alphabet’s life sciences unit Verily not long after leaving office at the end of the Obama administration. There’s Dr. Vivian Lee, who joined Verily in May about a year after resigning as the leader of the University of Utah’s health system.advertisement BusinessPowerful people in health care are finding a new landing pad: Google Tags recruitment Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the longtime president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, is headed to Google. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images Another high-profile hire, the longtime National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Thomas Insel, made a pit stop at Verily after leaving government. He’s since moved on to co-found Mindstrong Health, a Silicon Valley startup working on technology to monitor and diagnose mental illness.The moves are a sign of Alphabet’s rise as a formidable player in health care — even as the hype and funding so far outpaces tangible accomplishments.advertisement By Rebecca Robbins July 26, 2018 Reprints It’s no mystery why the likes of Cosgrove would find Alphabet to be an appealing place for their next act. Just as Silicon Valley enticed a generation of ambitious coders and entrepreneurs, it’s increasingly seen as a hotbed for cutting-edge ideas in health care.And Alphabet in particular offers the security and prestige of an established industry giant — while pouring huge amounts of money into its many teams working on health care and biomedicine. Last month, Alphabet announced it would commit $500 million more to fund Calico, its spinout focusing on basic research into the biology of aging.
Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community By Steven Miller – 30th July 2018 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Scoil Mhuire Portlaoise The old Scoil Mhuire primary school building in Portlaoise has been purchased by Laois County Council from Portlaoise parish – and it will be used to as a new home for two of the county’s biggest local music groups.The school has been vacant for the last year since the new combined Holy Family school moved to a site at Aghnaharna just off the Stradbally Road.The 1.2 acre site is at the back of the old Shaws building on Main Street. It hasn’t been disclosed how much the site has been sold for.“It is proposed in the short term to use the vacant school, comprising 1,161 m2 for the purposes of providing music and performing art education to over 600 young people in the county under the direction of the Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois,” said CEO of Laois County Council John Mulholland during his monthly report under the Corporate Affairs and Information Technology section.Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives young people access to high quality performance music education in their locality. Laois School of Music is the Council’s music education scheme, run alongside the Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board. Currently they are both based on Railway Street.The decision was warmly welcomed by Cllr Willie Aird as “a very good choice”“We have to have a place for Music Generation – there is 600 people using it.“It’s not appropriate for them to be moving from A to B to C and it’s not fair on the people delivering the classes either.“It’s a gem of Portlaoise and I’ve said all along that it’s not an area that could take huge development.“It’s very good news on behalf of Laois County Council and I would like to praise the CEO for his foresight.”“Members should also note that in the medium to longer term the site is of strategic importance in developing the them of ‘Fort Protector’ and in exposing further heritage assets in the centre of Portlaoise town,” added Mr Mulholland.Meanwhile, Mr Mulholland also added that preparatory work has commenced on compiling the 2019/2020 Register of Electors.SEE ALSO – Laois Labour councillor calls on Brendan Howlin to resign Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Previous articleContradictory messages surrounding Portlaoise Hospital – FlemingNext articleLaois councillors rubber-stamp decision to sell land to Glanbia Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. TAGSCllr Willie AirdLaois County CouncilLaois School of MusicMusic Generation LaoisPortlaoise Rugby Facebook Home News Council Council buy old Portlaoise primary school to use as new home for… NewsCouncil Council buy old Portlaoise primary school to use as new home for local music groups Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook
Pinterest Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st July 2020 Twitter TAGSCharlotte KellyHearty BoysRonan O’Gorman Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Portarlington-based The Hearty Boys have just released a track from their forthcoming album.The song Just You, recorded at the Golden Egg studio is sung by Ronan O’Gorman with backing vocal by Charlotte Kelly.The album, as yet untitled, is one of 11 love songs with various local artists recorded over the last number of years and is due out in mid August.As Fran explains, “We were initially going with a four-track EP and when working on that we came upon lots of unrecorded songs and albums that were put down in different studios over the years.“So we just pulled all the love songs together and ended up with 11 love songs that are all really different musically and at the moment we’re on the last track, a song called The Light which is sort of cosmic or surreal – it was really funning working on it.”You can follow The Hearty Boys on YouTube where the lads have 11 videos up or find them on Facebook under Fran Hearty Music. SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday WATCH: Laois band Hearty Boys launch single from upcoming album WhatsApp Home Sponsored WATCH: Laois band Hearty Boys launch single from upcoming album Sponsored Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 201 Renault Clio from €49 per weekNext articleLaois hurler calls for GAA to change championship structures for this year LaoisToday Reporter
RelatedBaiting for Rats Begins First Week in April RelatedBaiting for Rats Begins First Week in April Baiting for Rats Begins First Week in April UncategorizedMarch 30, 2006 Advertisements RelatedBaiting for Rats Begins First Week in April FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Environmental Health Unit of the Ministry of Health will begin the first round of baiting activities, under its rodent control project, in some 25 select communities and public health buildings islandwide, beginning in the first week of April.Medical Entomologist, Sherine Huntley, told JIS News that communities were selected based on where there were high levels of rodent infestation and cases of leptospirosis.She informed that while the activities would extend to select communities islandwide, much effort would be concentrated in Clarendon and St. Mary in particular, as they were two of the parishes that recorded an increase in leptospirosis cases, following the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Wilma late last year.“For Clarendon, we are focusing our efforts on the town of May Pen, Spaldings and Chapelton, and for St. Mary we are looking at the town of Port Maria and the town of Islington,” Miss Huntley said.She pointed out that baiting was not the sole component, noting that programme activities began in February with training for staff members, educating community members, consulting with stakeholders, including the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and alerting members of the commercial sector.“We have started and there are several components to the programme. We were careful this time not to just go in and bait just to kill the rats, so we have developed a complete rodent programme; a programme that has an educational component to it, meeting with the relevant stakeholders, training and the actual baiting of the rodents,” she said.The Medical Entomologist said the activities undertaken over the past month and a half before the baiting, “is to ensure sustainability and a high level of success” under the programme.In the meantime, she said baiting would continue throughout April followed by re-baiting, monitoring to see the effect of the programme on the rodent population and the collection and burying of the pests.“So the process will really be baiting and rebaiting and monitoring and evaluating as we go along throughout the month,” she informed, adding that the project is expected to end by mid-May.Also included in the programme are massive clean-up days involving community members in all the areas to be baited, to eliminate breeding sites.The initiative has been funded by a $10 million donation from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.Miss Huntley noted that more resources would be needed to undertake a complete islandwide rodent control exercise, and that discussions were ongoing to obtain additional funding.“We want to do the programme with this $10 million in a professional way that (results in) maximum impact, so we can approach other agencies for donations,” she said.
Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University/AstraZeneca has today been given regulatory approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after meeting required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.Following a rigorous, detailed scientific review by the MHRA’s expert scientists and clinicians and on the basis of the advice of its scientific, independent advisory body, the Commission on Human Medicines, the UK regulator has approved COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca for use across the UK.MHRA Chief Executive Dr June Raine said:We are delighted to announce the good news that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 is now approved for supply following a robust and thorough assessment of all the available data.A huge collaborative effort and commitment goes into these assessments which include reviewing vast amounts of data. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure we continue to make safe vaccines available to people across the UK.No stone is left unturned when it comes to our assessments. This approval means more people can be protected against this virus and will help save lives. This is another significant milestone in the fight against this virus. We will continue to support and work across the healthcare system to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out safely across the UK. Protecting health and improving lives is our mission and what we strive for.The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use for people 18 years or older and consists of two doses, with the second dose administered 4-12 weeks after the first dose. The transportation and storage requirements for this vaccine mean that it needs to be kept at temperatures of 2C to 8C, which is similar to a conventional fridge for up to six months and can be administered within existing healthcare settings.Oxford University/AstraZeneca has been submitting data to the MHRA since September 2020 under the rolling review process, enabling data to be reviewed in stages, as it became available.The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control , part of the MHRA, has been and will continue doing, independent laboratory testing to ensure that every batch of the vaccine meets the expected standards of safety and quality.As with any vaccine or medicine, COVID-19 vaccines require continuous safety monitoring by the MHRA and that the benefits in protecting people against COVID-19 must be greater than any side-effect or potential risks.Additional updates relating to use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccineThe Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has also reviewed further data for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine as it has become available and has recommended the following changes:Pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding – the vaccine should only be considered for use in pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks for the mother and baby. Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. Women who are breastfeeding can also be given the vaccine. This advice is in line with pregnancy and breastfeeding advice for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineAllergies – anyone with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it, but those with any other allergies such as a food allergy can now have the vaccine.Dosage interval – the advice has been updated to say that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine should be given at least 21 days after the first dose.NotesThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agencyis responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits justify any risks.The decision to approve the supply of this vaccine was taken under Regulation 174 of the Human Medicine Regulations 2012, which enables rapid temporary regulatory approvals to address significant public health issues such as a pandemic.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (‘the agency’) has three centres. The MHRA, the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The agency is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.The Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) advises ministers and the MHRA on the safety, efficacy and quality of medicinal products. The CHM is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. /Public Release. 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California cities want transparency rules waived in pandemic56 Santa Monica residents test positive for coronavirus, with three new cases reported ThursdayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours ago April 2, 2020 at 5:27 PM Robert Rees says: Oh Em Gee is this we really happening ? Take care Homie,Sending lov,Nancy man that guy can write, give him his own column 4 Comments Who in their right mind thinks its a good idea to go into a liquor store while driving a suspected COVID patient around town? You could have easily infected every other person in the store. What a wildly reckless and selfish decision. Comments are closed. HomeOpinionColumnsYour Column Here – Why is Everyone Looking at Us? Apr. 02, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsCovid-19FeaturedNewsYour Column HereYour Column Here – Why is Everyone Looking at Us?Guest Author1 year agosmdpyour column herePhoto by Camilo Jimenez By Hank RosenfeldOn a recent Saturday we were bicycling up Main Street thinking, there are still too many cars on Main Street. Then we noticed something else going on. Pedestrians looked up as we rolled by, and there followed greetings: “Good morning.” “Hey.” The head-nodding acknowledgment. A “howdy-do” felt like we were in an America town a hundred years ago.I usually ring my bike bell to provoke the locals. This was different. Something in their eyes. Granted, you focus on the eyes when a mask is covering the mouth and the nose. But why were they looking at us riding past? Everyone gave up their glance.“Only connect,” is the famous epigraph from E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, Howards End. When we find ourselves yearning disabled, skin hungerers (an actual condition where a human desires physical contact), what do locked-inside-in-a-locked-down-city dwellers with nowhere to go but back in do?We got free. We flew the cooped up and lived inside an E.M. Forster bubblilicious fiction of affection.On Friday night, I was with a friend at Urgent Care on 9th and Wilshire. He’s seventy-one, was feverish for two weeks and lost his sense of smell – time for the swab, right? Everything looked pretty good, they said, after blood pressure and temperature checks. No need for the test.Next was UCLA Immediate Care, after a quick stop at Hank’s Liquor for a not-unrelated emergency. Streets empty the whole way to 16th and Arizona. Parking a breeze. They didn’t look at my friend’s Medicare card. They didn’t want to read the note from his doctor. The entire exchange was conducted outside the automatic sliding door my friend never made it through. His doctor’s voice on speakerphone held to the glass –they didn’t care. They suggested the Emergency Room right across the street.ER: open 24/7! A Friday night and only one person in the waiting room! My friend came out four hours later waving nine pages confirming chest x-ray, CT scan, liter of saline, script for Albuterol. And the Covid-19 test.The other day I slipped through the snow fence near Lifeguard Tower 28 and illegally sat on the sand. Staring at the Pacific, I thought, is there compassion out there in the deep? What must the sea creatures think of us?“Told you so”?A guy in a wetsuit breaks my reverie. We’re sheltering in the same space and gently acknowledge each other. He says I should take care – the beach being closed and all. Just before diving headfirst he shouts back, “You can’t close the ocean!”I wonder if he knew about the surfer fined a thousand dollars because they closed the ocean in Manhattan Beach.Hank Rosenfeld is a folk journalist in Ocean Park.Tags :smdpyour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 4 comments April 2, 2020 at 8:42 PM Please don’t disregard the beach closure mandate. We all need to do our part April 3, 2020 at 9:41 AM April 2, 2020 at 11:22 AM Matthew says: Nancy says: Liz says:
Related Telecom Italia put back to 25 September the deadline for completing the $960 million sale of its stake in Telecom Argentina to Mexican financier David Martinez’s Fintech investment fund, as the deal hangs on for regulatory approval.Three weeks ago, the Italian operator pushed back completion of the sale until 1 September from 12 August. Now it has shifted again.Bloomberg said the delay would allow more time for regulatory approval, citing people familiar with the matter, although it did not give a reason why more time was needed.Other media reports also cited regulatory issues behind the delay and pointed to Fintech’s ownership of cable assets in the country as a potential obstacle.Although the deadline has been extended, the existing terms and conditions, which were agreed last year, remain in place.Fintech agreed to pay $860 million for Telecom Italia’s 68 per cent holding in the company that controls Telecom Argentina, as well as a direct minority stake. An additional $100 million covers agreements including services for the carrier.Disposing of the Argentina stake is an important part of the Italian operator’s asset sale strategy as it looks to reduce its debts.Elsewhere in the region, its focus is expansion as it looks to strengthen its presence in Brazil but appears to have lost out to Telefonica in a bid for GVT. Richard Handford Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas ArgentinaDavid MartinezFinancialFintechRegulatoryTelecom Italia Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 SEP 2014 Author Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Español Home TI’s timetable for Argentina sale suffers again Previous ArticleRebalancing the value from voice and SMS to dataNext ArticleTelefonica set to cut TI ties Tags