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Dragons top Whitecaps 3-1

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:28

DAYTON, Ohio – Dayton starting pitcher Tony Santillan combined with three relievers to strike out 15 batters and allow only one run as the Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 3-1 on Thursday night.  The Dragons won three-of-four in the series, the final meetings of the regular season between the two clubs who will meet in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs starting September 6 in Dayton.

By winning three-of-four in the set, the Dragons handed the first place Whitecaps their first series loss of the second half and first four-game series loss of the season.  By winning Wednesday and Thursday, the Dragons also handed West Michigan their first back-to-back losses to the same club since they lost two straight to Fort Wayne April 18-19.

The Dragons jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the second inning and another run in the third.  John Sansone started the rally in the second with an infield single and scored from first on Hector Vargas’ double to right field.  Vargas went to third on Carlos Rivero’s single to center and scored on Randy Ventura’s infield single to make it 2-0.  In the third, Jose Siri singled to center to start the inning, went from first to third on a wild pick-off attempt, and scored on Bruce Yari’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

West Michigan responded with one run in the fourth inning, but the Dragons pitchers shut them out over the rest of the night.

Santillan (7-7) was outstanding, striking out nine batters over five innings to earn the win.  He allowed just one run on four hits and three walks.  Jesse Stallings fired two perfect innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.  Dauri Moreta worked a perfect eighth inning, striking out two.  Jesse Adams earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning, giving up two scratch singles with two outs before getting a strikeout to end the game.

Dragons pitchers have allowed just one run over the last 19 innings.

The Dragons nine-hit attack was led by Jose Siri, who went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases to increase his league-leading total to 39.  Siri needs one home run and one stolen base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to record 20 homers and 40 steals in a season.  John Sansone and Carlos Rivero each added two hits for Dayton.

Up Next:  The Dragons (17-36, 58-65) travel to the Cleveland suburb of Eastlake to open a four-game series against the Lake County Captains (22-30, 49-72) on Friday night at 7:00.  Andrew Jordan (5-7, 4.60) will start for the Dragons against Lake County’s Zach Plesac (0-0, 1.13).

Notes:  The Dragons won the season series with West Michigan, going 11-8 against the Whitecaps.

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Confederate monument moved overnight

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:48

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN/WLWT) – The City of Franklin removed the monument and landmark because they say a recent review showed the marker to be in the right-of-way for Dixie Highway.

The City said the monument is intact.

The Robert E. Lee Dixie Highway Monument was built in 1927 and has been a landmark for over six decades.

City officials also said they did not know the monument was is in the city’s Right of Way, which means an object in “right of ways must remain clear to avoid the creation of a public safety hazard.”

According to a press release, the city gave the following statement:

“Shortly after Franklin Township officials announced earlier today that the monument would remain; the city was notified that a review of the site indicates that the monument is located within the city’s Right of Way for Dixie Highway. Dixie Highway was a court appointment annexation that occurred in the mid 1990’s, placing the roadway exclusively within the municipality of Franklin. This land, and the monument itself, was in Franklin Township’s control for six decades.”

READ MORE: Temporary sign posted on site of memorial

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9 oz. of carfentanil seized as part of drug trafficking investigation; 2 arrested - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:37

WRGT TV Fox 459 oz. of carfentanil seized as part of drug trafficking investigation; 2 arrestedWRGT TV Fox 45DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - About 9 ounces of carfentanil were seized as part of a long-term drug trafficking investigation by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force. Officials arrested 27-year-old Brandon Hazley and 20-year-old Michael Hanson ...2 jailed in drug trafficking investigationWDTNall 11 news articles »

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Dr. Husain talks about eye safety for the solar eclipse

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:25

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Dr. Amina Husain from Premier Eye Surgeons talks about keeping your eyes safe during the solar eclipse August 21.

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Battle over how Ohio maintains its voter rolls nearing its conclusion

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – How Ohio maintains its voter registration rolls has been under legal attack for well over a year, and the war of interpretation is approaching its end before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For decades Ohio has maintained its voter rolls the same way, under both democrat and republican leadership.

When someone uses the U.S. postal service for a change of address, or is convicted of a felony, or files a death certificate, appropriate action is taken to adjust the voter’s registration to prevent fraud.

“If you want voters to trust your elections, you’ve got to prove to them that you’re doing everything that you possibly can to make sure that fraud doesn’t occur,” said Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

However, in some counties in Ohio, there are more voters on the rolls than there are adults currently living in the precincts.

There are a myriad of ways people end up on voter rolls they at one time were eligible to be on, but shouldn’t be on anymore.

Removing the names of ineligible voters makes it easier for poll workers to catch fraud, but the real reason states maintain voter rolls is to satisfying federal requirements that say they must maintain accurate voter rolls.

In other words, removing people from the rolls is not something the state of Ohio just came up with because it wanted to; the federal government forces the state to do it.

For the most part the legality of how Ohio maintains its rolls is undisputed, with one exception.

It is called the supplemental process, here’s how it works:

If a registered voter does not vote for 2 years, a letter is sent to them to find out if they are still alive and living at the address.

If the voter does not respond to the letter, they are given 4 additional years to vote or interact with election officials.

After the 6 total years goes by without any action by the voter, the state removes the person from the voter rolls.

No one can be removed from the rolls prior to that amount of time going by.

Beyond that, eligible voters can still participate in elections if they take the steps to re-register.

“You don’t lose your right to vote ever; you just need to exercise that right to vote,” said Husted. “You maintain yourself on the voter rolls by actually voting; but there has to be some standard whereby we say, you can’t just register and be on the rolls forever if you don’t vote; because if you did that we would have more voters on the rolls than we have adults in every county in the state.”

While people do have the right not to vote, they also have a personal responsibility for keeping their registration up to date.

In Ohio, that is relatively simple. Registration can be checked online in a matter of seconds.

Voters also have up to 30 days before an election to register to vote in it.

Husted says, the supplemental process in question follows federal guidelines for removing people from the voter rolls; but not everyone agrees.

“You may not like the process, you may think 6 years isn’t long enough, you want to make it 8 years, but the bottom line is; it’s the law,” said Husted.

Opponents argue the process removes people simply because they haven’t voted, something expressly prohibited by federal law, however, as Husted points out there are exceptions to that provision.

Husted believes the process follows those exceptions, and a federal district court judge agreed with him ruling in favor of the state and its process.

The people who brought the suit to begin with didn’t like that outcome, so they appealed to a higher court.

That appeal resulted in the lower court’s ruling being overturned when three judges split their decision 2-1 against the state.

This October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over the supplemental process and make the final decision about its legality.

“I hope that the court will see what we’ve done is in accordance with all of our laws, following that process to maintain that balance between making it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Husted.

Opponents of the process are hoping the justices in Washington D.C. agree with them instead.

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UD students gather at Peace Pole to pray for a better tomorrow - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:56

WRGT TV Fox 45UD students gather at Peace Pole to pray for a better tomorrowWRGT TV Fox 45“The Peace Pole has been a part of the University of Dayton campus for a number of years,” Crystal Sullivan said, “but it's been within the last year that there have been more incidences of violence in our country and around the world that we decided ...

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Warren County judge to make decision about gag order on Skylar Richardson case - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:50

WRGT TV Fox 45Warren County judge to make decision about gag order on Skylar Richardson caseWRGT TV Fox 45DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - About 9 ounces of carfentanil were seized as part of a long-term drug trafficking investigation by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force. Officials arrested 27-year-old Brandon Hazley and 20-year-old Michael Hanson ...

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WDTN to launch new hour of news in September

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:36

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  2 NEWS announced Thursday the expansion of its weekday local programming with the launch of 2 NEWS First at 4, the Miami Valley’s first and only 4 pm local newscast, beginning Monday, September 11, 2017.

The hour-long program will air Monday through Friday at 4:00 pm followed by FIVE on 2 and 2 NEWS at 6.

With the addition of 2 NEWS First at 4, WDTN will provide more hours of local news and weather coverage than any other television station in the market.

“Dayton’s heritage of entrepreneurship and innovation is rooted in the exceptional people and local communities of this great city. That legacy inspired WDTN-TV to expand our local news leadership by bringing our viewers the most comprehensive local coverage available in the market, including the first and only 4:00 pm newscast with the upcoming launch of 2 NEWS First at 4,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN-TV Vice-President & General Manager. Abouzeid continued, “At Nexstar and our Dayton operations, the local communities we serve remain at the center of every decision we make. Our local news programming is an important public service and 2 NEWS is committed to serving the needs of our viewers across the Miami Valley by delivering more hours of local news, sports and weather coverage in underserved dayparts when other stations are airing network content.” “WDTN-TV has a strong history of responding to the needs of our viewers and the launch of 2 NEWS First at 4 is the latest example of how we are living up to our promise of bringing local communities across the Miami Valley more local news stories than any other station in the region,” added Loni Blandford WDTN-TV News Director. “For Nexstar and WDTN-TV, it’s all about localism. Our viewers have requested more local news content from the 2 NEWS team and expansion of our early evening local news programming, combined with the 24/7 support of our digital content delivery through and our mobile apps, gives our audiences more opportunities to access the local content they want and the information they need at a time that is convenient for their busy schedules.” The expanded local news programming highlights WDTN-TV’s commitment to addressing the needs of the local Dayton viewers through the delivery of in-depth local reporting, real-time information and enhanced community service. WDTN will now broadcast 5 and a half hours of live local programming every weekday, with four and a half hours of nonstop local news in the morning starting at (4:30 am to 7 am on WDTN and 7 am – 9 am on Dayton’s CW), an hour mid-day lifestyle show Living Dayton (12 pm to 1 pm), two and a half hours of early evening news (4 pm to 6:30 pm) and an hour and a half of late evening news (10 pm to 11 pm on Dayton’s CW and 11 pm – 11:30 pm on WDTN). Highlighting Nexstar’s organization-wide commitment to broadcasting excellence and enhanced service for local viewers and advertisers, the Company is making an investment to bring WDTN additional news gathering resources and personnel to support of the expanded local news programming.

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NYC police beef up security in wake of Barcelona attack

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:41

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officials have dispatched heavily armed officers to Times Square and other locations as a precaution in response to the van attack in Spain.

NYPD spokeman Peter Donald said on Thursday that the department is “closely monitoring” the situation in Barcelona, where the van rammed into a crowd in a popular tourist section of the city.

Donald said the NYPD has also beefed up security around Spanish diplomatic spots in the city.

The Barcelona attack killed at least one person and injured dozen of others. Authorities there were investigating it as an act of terror.

The precautions come at a time when the department had taken extra security measures around Trump Tower for the president’s visit there this week.

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$375K settlement reached in Ohio jail pepper spray incident -

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:25$375K settlement reached in Ohio jail pepper spray incidentNBC4i.comDAYTON, OH (WDTN) – A settlement has been reached in the civil case of a woman who sued Montgomery County over a pepper spraying incident that was caught on camera. Court documents show attorneys for both sides participated in a phone call with ...$375K settlement reached in Mont. Co. Jail pepper spray case | WRGTWRGT TV Fox 45all 3 news articles »

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Court hears arguments over gag order in baby remains case

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:13

LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – Representatives of the Cincinnati Enquirer presented their case Thursday on why they believe a gag order should be lifted in the case of a mother accused in the death of her baby.

Brooke Skylar Richardson was in court Thursday while attorneys for the newspaper made their case.

The lawyers want the judge to provide an in-depth explanation with evidence as to why there needs to be a gag order in this case. They argued the absence of such an order would not affect the fairness of the outcome of the trial, nor would it have any impact on jury selection.

The judge issued the gag order August 10 saying it was intended to help ensure a fair trial.

READ MORE: Judge issues gag order in case of buried newborn infant Richardson is facing one count aggravated murder and several other felony charges. Prosecutors say Baby Jane Doe was found burned and buried in the backyard behind Richardson’s Carlisle home in July. READ MORE: Prosecutor: Baby’s body burned before burial behind Carlisle home

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Museum showcases special exhibit

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:12

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force  will have a special exhibit open for one year starting September 9.

The museum is displaying the exhibit as a part of its 70th birthday.

The museum says the exhibit “American Airmen: Breaking Barriers Since 1947-Commemorating 70 Years of Air and Space Power through Art,” will showcase the heritage and unique contributions of the U.S. Air Force service members.

Pieces of artwork from the U.S. Air Force Art Program will be displayed in the exhibit.

For more information, you can visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force website.

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2 jailed in drug trafficking investigation

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:02

Brandon Hazely (Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office) DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the RANGE Task Force ended a long-term drug trafficking investigation with two arrests. The arrests happened Wednesday in the 4500 block of Queens Avenue. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Brandon Hazley and 20-year-old Michael Hanson were arrested after detectives seized nine ounces of carfentanil, two handguns and approximately $20,000 in cash. Michael Hanson (Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office) Hazley and Hanson were both booked into the Montgomery County Jail on possession of drugs charges. The case is still under investigation.

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Dayton to take part in new program to fight opioid epidemic | WRGT - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:48

WRGT TV Fox 45Dayton to take part in new program to fight opioid epidemic | WRGTWRGT TV Fox 45UDPATE: It's no secret how bad the heroin epidemic is in Dayton and the Miami Valley.We've taken 70 lbs. of fentanyl and heroin off the streets. We've taken ...and more »

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Library gives away hundreds of solar eclipse glasses

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:46

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s not too late to get solar eclipse glasses. he Centerville Washington Public Library says it still has hundreds of glasses left to give to the public, free of charge.

Community Relations Manager Georgia Mergler says the Centerville Washington Public Library is giving away 50 free glasses every day… to the first people who show up at the circulation desk.

“We’re one of the few places apparently that has any left. So we’ve been seeing a tremendous demand,” Mergler said. “We’ve had people lined up pre-dawn to get those glasses.”

But that’s not the only way to get them. The library has several activities lined up, that also include glasses giveaways. And on the day of the eclipse, the library will pass out even more glasses to those who show up to watch the show.

“I don’t think we had any idea what the demand would be. Nor do I think anybody did,” Mergler said. “We want to really encourage people to come to the events. Because in addition to just seeing the eclipse. We want to take the opportunity to educate them about why this is so important.”

On Saturday August 19th from 10am to 5pm, the library will host an “Under the Dome” traveling planetarium, featuring shows about the universe.

On Monday August 21st, starting at noon, the library will hand out glasses on its front lawn ahead of its solar eclipse viewing party.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, to watch the sky.

More information on these events can be found at the library’s website at

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2 local colleges have students in Europe

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:21


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton and Cedarville University currently have students studying in Europe.

Cedarville University told 2 NEWS its students are in Valencia, Spain, which is approximately 100 miles from Barcelona.

Cedarville University. (WDTN Photo) University officials at UD told 2 NEWS they are checking with undergraduate students in Europe to make sure they are safe and if they need any assistance. University of Dayton (WDTN Photo) A driver of a white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historical district and ran over a crowd of people Thursday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the van attack that killed 12 people and 80 hospitalized.    

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Columbus officer who shot 13-year-old boy feared gunfight

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The white Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 13-year-old boy after a suspected robbery last year feared a “gun fight” with the teen, who the officer said pulled a gun from his pants, records show.

Columbus police Officer Bryan Mason fired when he saw a laser sight on the weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun, Mason said in a formal statement and interview with detectives obtained by The Associated Press through a records request.

Tyre King refused to comply with Mason’s commands to “get down” and tugged on his gun in his waistband a couple of times as if it were caught on something, Mason said in a statement.

READ MORE: Teen fatally shot by Columbus police after pulling out BB gun The teen’s “refusal to comply with my commands and his continuing attempts to pull the gun out, caused me to believe that he was going to engage me in a gun fight,” Mason said. When Tyre pulled out the gun and Mason saw the laser sight, “I believed he was going to shoot me, and I fired my gun at him,” Mason said in his statement. He said he never considered the gun wasn’t real. READ MORE: Chief: Boy’s BB gun ‘practically identical’ to police weapon Police later determined the gun was inoperable because it lacked a propellant cartridge and could only have fired a BB if it was held upside down, records show. Attorneys representing the boy’s family criticized the report Thursday, calling it incomplete and minimal. They say witnesses tell a different story of events that night and an investigation continues. “It is clear that the Columbus Division of Police has either an inability to hold Officer Mason accountable for his use of force against citizens, or no interest in doing so,” said attorneys Sean Walton and Chanda Brown. Columbus police declined to comment, citing possible litigation. The shooting was a flashpoint in and around Columbus and spurred protests, including disruptions at Columbus City Council meetings. It added to a list of killings of black males by police in Ohio and other states that have attracted national attention. In May, a grand jury voted not to indict Mason in the September 2016 shooting. A message was left with the officer through the local police union. “Mason was within policy and did everything right that day,” Jason Pappas, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, told the AP on Thursday. Mason was involved in three previous shootings, including one that was fatal, and was cleared of wrongdoing each time. Mason’s personnel file is full of commendations. He remains with the city police department. Tyre was in a group of young men who had robbed a man of $10 at gunpoint, according to police accounts of the Sept. 14 robbery in the city’s Old Towne East neighborhood east of downtown. Before the robbery, the group knew Tyre had the weapon and that it was a fake, records show. “This isn’t real, it’s a BB gun,” Demetrious Braxton, a member of the group, told police in an interview afterward, recounting a conversation before the robbery. “Well, nobody else will know,” someone in the group replied, the records show. Braxton pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in November and agreed to testify against others as part of a plea deal. Mason shot Tyre three times, records show. A county coroner said Tyre died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. The attorney representing Tyre’s family has argued that because Tyre was shot three times on the left side, the results indicate he was running away at the time and not posing a threat to police. A medical examiner hired by the family reached the same conclusion. Mason said in his statement that Tyre spun to his right after the first shot. Mason was just two days into a new assignment when he responded to the robbery call. That’s where he encountered Braxton and Tyre, who fled, leading to the chase and shooting, police records show.

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Ohio high school getting rid of Confederate mascot

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:02

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school is getting rid of its Confederate mascot in the wake of a deadly car attack at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Superintendent Steve Thompson announced at a news conference Thursday that Willoughby South High School will drop its “Rebel” mascot, a man dressed in a gray Confederate military outfit, but keep the name.

The school is located in Willoughby, 20 miles northeast of Cleveland. Thompson says he made the decision to support the school’s diverse student body and because of “changing perceptions.”

The sports teams will still be called the South High Rebels. Thompson says the school will create a committee to select a new representation of the name.

The depiction has represented the school since 1959.

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EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:53

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government.

It’s the second settlement with the Department of Justice that Mylan has made since 2009 for allegedly overcharging the government for its medicines.

Mylan NV, technically based in England but with operational headquarters near Pittsburgh, became a poster child for pharmaceutical industry greed for hiking the list price of EpiPens repeatedly. It raised the price per pair from $94 in 2007 to $608 last year, while experts estimate it costs less than $10 to produce one EpiPen.

Last September, a House panel grilled Mylan CEO Heather Bresch about the skyrocketing cost of the devices, which patients inject in the thigh to stop a runaway allergic reaction to foods such as nuts and eggs or insect bites and stings.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice disclosed that its EpiPen case began when Sanofi-Aventis US LLC filed a lawsuit against Mylan under the False Claims Act.

The law allows individuals and companies to sue on behalf of the government over improper charges to government programs and to receive a share of any money recovered. Sanofi is to receive about $38.7 million. The federal government and all 50 states will split the bulk of the settlement.

Sanofi made a rival auto-injector called Auvi-Q. The French drugmaker recalled nearly 500,000 of its devices from the market in 2015, due to some not administering the correct dose of the hormone epinephrine to reverse a severe allergic attack.

EpiPens have long dominated the market and continue to do so, between their name recognition and deals Mylan has made to get preferable or exclusive coverage from insurers and prescription benefit managers.

According to the Justice Department, Mylan paid Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor and disabled, too-low rebates for EpiPens by improperly classifying the brand-name product as a generic. Drugmakers are required to pay Medicaid rebates of 13 percent for generic products it purchases, versus a 23.1 percent rebate for brand-name drugs, which cost far more.

EpiPen has been incorrectly classified since late 1997 as a generic product under Medicaid. Mylan acquired rights to EpiPen in 2007 and didn’t change its classification.

In addition, Mylan wasn’t paying Medicaid a second rebate required whenever a brand-name drug’s price rises more than inflation, which averaged less than 2 percent a year from 2007 through 2016.

Last fall, members of Congress grilled the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid about the discrepancies and whether it was taking any action. Announcement of a tentative $465 settlement soon followed.

“DOJ is letting Mylan get off on the cheap for ripping off the government, and with no admission of wrongdoing,” Robert Weissman, president of the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, said in a statement. He added that the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General’s investigation concluded that Medicaid programs paid Mylan $1.27 billion more than they should have between 2006 and 2016.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who has investigated EpiPen price increases, agreed in a statement.

“It looks like the settlement amount shortchanges the taxpayers,” wrote Grassley, who authored parts of the False Claims Act. “The Justice Department doesn’t say how it arrived at $465 million. … Did the Justice Department consider the inspector general estimate?”

In the finalized settlement, Mylan agreed to enter a corporate integrity agreement requiring it to have intensive outside scrutiny of its pricing practices with Medicaid for five years.

Such agreements are commonplace when drugmakers settle fraud charges with the government, but they don’t always prevent future misconduct.

Mylan was one of four companies that in October 2009 settled charges they didn’t pay appropriate rebates to state Medicaid programs for multiple medicines. The companies paid back a combined total of $124 million.

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Cleveland Clinic will pull event from Mar-a-Lago resort

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A leading U.S. hospital pulled its annual fundraiser from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, reversing course after initially resisting pressure from health professionals and others over the president’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal budget dollars to medical research.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold the event there after “careful consideration” of a number of issues, with a spokeswoman adding only that the deliberations were “all encompassing.”

“We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years,” the clinic said.

Spokeswoman Eileen Sheil had said last week that the event was not political and that donors and executives discussed it and agreed Mar-a-Lago met the organization’s needs.

The fundraiser has raised $700,000 to $1 million annually to expand programs and purchase equipment for the hospital’s Florida facility. It has been held at Mar-a-Lago the last eight years.

But, citing Trump’s positions, more than 1,100 doctors, nurses, medical students and other Ohio residents signed a public letter of concern over the choice of venue.

The letter said the hospital’s support for the Trump Organization was unacceptable “because it symbolically and financially supports a politician actively working to decrease access to healthcare and cut billions of dollars in research funding from the National Institutes of Health budget.”

One doctor who signed said Trump’s approach to medicine defies the hospital’s core principles for diversity, integrity, research and facts.

Sandy Theis, executive director of the liberal policy group ProgressOhio, one of several organizations behind the letter, said the hospital’s decision shows “the resistance is working.”

“I applaud The Cleveland Clinic for cancelling their gala at Mar-a-Lago and letting President Trump know that bigotry and racial violence have no place in America,” she said in a statement.

The American Red Cross faced similar pushback in January, when demonstrators rallied outside its annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago as the worldwide humanitarian relief organization was offering aid to those affected by Trump’s moratorium on the U.S. refugee program.

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