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
South Africa’s Hashim Amla is all set to join Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), replacing Shaun Marsh, who was ruled out of IPL 2016 on Monday due to a back injury.According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, KXIP have got the clearance for Amla and he will be joining the side soon. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Amla at a base price of Rs 1 crore remained unsold during February’s auction and also is yet to make his IPL debut. Moreover, in January he stepped down as South Africa’s Test captain. (KXIP’s Shaun Marsh ruled out of IPL ) Marsh had been carrying a niggle since KXIP’s game in April 19 against Kolkata Knight Riders, but continued to play and in Sunday’s match against Gujarat Lions, the niggle flared up. Presently KXIP are languishing at the bottom of points table with two wins from seven matches.KXIP batting will be boosted with Amla joining the squad, who has a decent record in the T20Is. The former South Africa captain has played in 88 T20s scoring 2446 runs at an average of 31.35.