Attorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont will receive approximately $74,000 as part of a national settlement totaling $600 million based on whistleblower complaints that pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan, Inc., and Allergan USA, Inc. illegally marketed the drug Botox for uses not approved by the FDA.Specifically, the complaints alleged that Allergan engaged in a nation-wide off-label marketing campaign to get physicians to prescribe Botox for headache, pain, overactive bladder, and spasticity. The marketing campaign included funding continuing medical education programs at which Botox was promoted off-label, and providing physicians with ‘free’ reimbursement services at which they were coached to use improper billing codes.Allergan’s marketing campaign led to overutilization of Botox for medically unnecessary purposes. In addition to civil penalties, Allergan will plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and pay criminal fines and forfeiture. Allergan will also enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the federal government to closely monitor the company’s future marketing practices. Source: VAG. 1.13.2011
As spring time arrives here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, many people are dusting off their fly rods and waders for a day on the river. With fish being stocked monthly, some of my favorite winter time fishing spots are greeted with crowds of enthusiastic anglers looking to hook into that stocked fish of a lifetime. Not me. I turn to the smallest trickles and streams deep in the mountains in search of untouched beauty, tranquility, and feisty wild fish.Those of you in Western North Carolina who don’t want to fight the crowds along the river should consider seeking out the state’s native and wild populations of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown trout. You won’t need much to catch these mountain gems, but you will need a map and a sense of adventure to get to your destination.Be sure to brush up on your “bow and arrow” casting before heading off into the thick jungles of rhododendron. Pack plenty of dry flies and light tippet. I prefer using as small as 6 or 7x, though it is not necessarily needed.A short, light weight rod, such as a 7’6″ 2 weight is best suited for these treks in my opinion. Sometimes a short rod can make the difference between hooking up and going home with a tale of the one that got away.One final thing to remember: always tell someone where you’re going. In my experience, most of these streams are found far beyond the reaches of cell phone reception.The next time you head out to chase trout, don’t rule out wild fish. You might just find a new love and appreciation for the tight line.Evan Norris is an avid fly fisherman, a guide at Brookings’ Anglers, and our first contributor for “Fridays on the Fly”. When he’s not out discovering new wild trout waters all over the mountains of Western North Carolina, he can often be found on his Chattooga River home waters near the town of Cashiers, NC.[divider]Read More Fridays on the Fly[/divider]
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Senior Policy Analyst Samira Salem and National Credit Union Foundation Chief Financial and Operations Officer Hannibal Brumskine will join more than a dozen other credit union leaders Nov. 6 for a summit on diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration is currently open for the full-day event, which will take place at the Westin Old Town Alexandria.According to NCUA, the summit is designed for credit union industry professionals committed to advancing DEI to gather and share best practices, address challenges to advancing diversity and lean how NCUA can support the industry in these efforts.Salem will participate in a panel featuring industry leaders discussing the challenges and best methods to collecting diversity data and how to establish benchmarks for the credit union system. Brumskine will participate on a panel on where to find and how to land the best and brightest from diverse talent pools. continue reading » NCUA headquarters
How to solve one of our main problems in tourism?The answer is simple, to offer quality, diverse, ie different and primarily authentic content. It is on this trail that a new tourist story is born in Istria – the bicycle race “My bicycle, my heritage”It is a combination of cycling tourism, gastronomy, cultural heritage as a new experience and content, ie an initiative ‘My bike, my heritage’ whose goal is for participants to learn about the history of the region and the untouched nature of central Istria through recreational sports.The Sports Association of the County of Istria in cooperation with the sports association Rog Cycling team is organizing a free MTB bike race called ‘My Sport Is Franja – My bike, my heritage’ on Sunday, 24.09.2017. which starts at 10.00 on the main square in Vižinada, and the program will be enriched by the performance of Istra Inspirita. The trail it will cross is the Parenzana route, a former narrow-gauge railway that many recreationists and nature lovers pass through today. During the route, they will be greeted by Istra Inspirit in one part, where the participants of the cycling race will be able to refresh themselves. ‘Istrian užance’ is a combination of music, dance and local ‘beside’ and Istrian customs.The goal is for the participants of the cycling race to get to know the natural, but also cultural and historical heritage of the Istrian peninsula, and for Istra Inspirit, the participants of the cycling race will revive Istrian customs in an experience called ‘Istrian horrors’. The result of this thematic cycling race will be a combination of cultural and historical heritage and sports, as a combination that will provide a different experience of inner Istria.My bike, my heritage – so simple and ingenious. It is an experience and a story that will be remembered and certainly the motive for coming to a tourist destination. It is fascinating how successful Istria is in attracting EU funds and how it packs it all nicely into a great tourist story. By the way, the entire project is organized as part of the European Erasmus + project, and other project partners are the Franja Marathon, My Sports Is Franja, the Grožnjan Mountain Bike Club and Triglav.Everything starts with the first step, so this great story about connecting trim, sports, culture and gastronomy, and I sincerely hope that this story will only grow and become a real motive for coming in the pre-season, and maybe this story and a positive example will encourage someone else to make a great blend of tourism, sports and culture, in some other way. Also, it is important to point out that not all events and stories need to be large, nor focused only on foreign tourists. Small and medium-sized events are also extremely important and make up the rhythm and soul of the tourist destination as well as those aimed at domestic visitors.You don’t always have to be terribly creative and look for some new “Big idea,” but it’s nice enough to put together and pack all the ingredients you have to get a great travel story. You know everything, content, experience and story are the main stars. Tell stories, our authentic stories.