HIPAA-protected information at the stations was left unattended and visible to the public at 80% of stores; and
Prescription medications were left unattended and within reach of customers in the pharmacy areas at 46% of stores.
It also found that sensitive phone conversations could be overheard from the stations.
In addition, the report found that the stations increased pharmacists' distractions, which lowered the rate of patient consultations in some stores.
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has called on Walgreens to answer questions about the model following the report. However, the company has yet to respond to the findings (Kane Rudansky, InformationWeek, 10/24).
A study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE reveals that scientists may have now discovered at least part of the reason why the bees are dying off. Scientists from the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have discovered that a multitude of fungicides and pesticides have been polluting pollen that bees harvest and feed into their hives.
Scientists collected pollen from beehives in major crops: blueberry, cranberry, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon. To what types of pesticides bees are exposed and how the ‘blends’ of pesticides affect the bees’ vulnerability to the gut parasite known as Nosema ceranae are what scientists determined from the pollen samples.
It as noted that for the major crops, bees collected pollen almost always from weeds and wildflowers, which led scientists to focus on how the bees are exposed to the pesticides outside of the crop fields where they are positioned. “We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads,” the scientists wrote in their study.
Insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were shown to be at a higher strength than their “median lethal dose” in at least one of the pollen samples.
“While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honeybees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load,” reads the study. Bees that consumed pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to contract the parasite.
BACKGROUND: The recalled lot was distributed to distributors/wholesalers, hospitals, and pharmacies located in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NV, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI between September 2013 through October 2013. Lidocaine is packaged 10 units per carton/180 units per case in single dose glass fliptop vials.
Welch's plea agreement says she "actively participated in the discussion." And Fenwick told a group of sales employees that if a customer ever caught him reducing a rebate, he would blame the reduction on other sales staff or a computer error, according to his plea agreement.
Welch's agreement says she prepared and emailed monthly spreadsheets for approval to other sales staff containing the actual rebate amounts due along with a "deceptively reduced rebate amount" for some of the customers. Once approved, Welch would cause checks to be sent with deceptive amounts.
Both Welch and Fenwick are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors have agreed to hold them responsible only for those illegal acts in which they were personally involved. Both have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify truthfully if called.
Welch's attorney declined to comment; Fenwick's attorney, Randy Reagan, said of his client, "He's accepted responsibility for his actions and looking forward to putting this behind him."
Jimmy Haslam has denied any personal wrongdoing. Gov. Bill Haslam maintains he is not involved with operating Pilot Flying J, though he continues to hold an undisclosed ownership stake in the company posting annual revenues of about $30 billion.
After the pleas on Monday, Pilot Flying J released a statement expressing disappointment in the actions of Welch and Fenwick.
“It’s humiliating,” said Casey Lee, who works at the Bayside clinic. “They don’t get to see the cancer patients” who were to receive the confiscated marijuana.
Medical marijuana patient Leif O’Leary arrived at Seattle Cross to find the dispensary closed by order of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. “You can’t tell me there [aren't] bigger fish to fry, especially now that recreational marijuana is legal,” he said. Washington now allows private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. “It is just to me inconceivable that this is still happening,” he added.
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