By Guillermo Contreras Updated 1:24 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Former patients of doctor indicted in $240M fraud file notices to sue him 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Christina Deras, who worked for years for the Veterans Affairs Administration, winced with pain as she took a seat outside the Bexar County Courthouse on Tuesday. Gloria M. Gabriel, who worked for the city and Bexar County, retired to the shade near Deras because the sun can cause her body to recoil and she feels like she has “barbs of metal” inside. The two San Antonio women are former patients of Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada who claim he falsely diagnosed them with rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions so he could prescribe them chemotheraphy drugs as part of his alleged multimillion dollar healthcare fraud scheme. READ ALSO: Former San Antonio nurse stole nearly 1,700 pills from rehab facility, affidavit says They are among hundreds … [Read more...] about Former patients of doctor indicted in $240M fraud file notices to sue him
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President Donald Trump will deliver Friday afternoon a twice-delayed, much-anticipated speech about his plan to lower drug prices - after a year when harsh rhetoric against drugmakers was accompanied by little action.No one with a stake in drug prices - whether pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers that negotiate on drug prices or health insurers - feels completely comfortable, given Trump's tendency to go off-script - including that time he accused drug companies of "getting away with murder." But the administration has spent the past few weeks dropping clues about the policy directions it favors - including a slew of technical proposals that do little to threaten the pharmaceutical industry that would seem to be at greatest risk from any plan to lower drug prices.A senior administration official, speaking on background, said that Trump will unveil an "American Patients First" blueprint that he called "the most comprehensive plan to tackle prescription drug … [Read more...] about What to watch for in President Trump’s long-awaited drug-price speech
Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call such clinics modern-day snake-oil salesmen. But on that day in 2016, Tyler trusted the clinic to extract stem cells from her fat and inject them into her eyes, where she was told they could halt or even cure the macular degeneration threatening her sight.Five days after … [Read more...] about Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.
Being approached to direct a biopic about Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis enabled Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy) to achieve a career ambition of making a movie about a painter. The project also provided an opportunity for the Irish filmmaker to reunite with actress Sally Hawkins. “The first time we worked together was ten years ago. Sometimes while reading a script you’ll visualize somebody and I thought of her. I knew that Sally would take on the challenge of playing that all-consuming role and would bring something rather special to it.”Like Brooklyn and Room, Maudie (released by Sony Pictures Classics) is another co-production between Ireland and Canada. “You wonder one without the other, would these movies happen? Probably not. It’s a lovely way to work together. The stories that we are interested in telling are similar too, particularly with Atlantic Canada.”A delay in the financing turned into a casting opportunity for the part of … [Read more...] about Maudern Art: Sally Hawkins plays a primitive painter who defied convention in Aisling Walsh’s ‘Maudie’