Takeda Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck obtained the FDA's approval to market their serotonin reuptake inhibitor Brintellix, or vortioxetine, as a treatment for major depressive disorder in adults. The approval was based on data from six clinical trials that showed the drug was effective in treating depression.
Health experts have created an intravaginal ring that contains anti-retroviral drugs designed to help prevent women from contracting HIV. Data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed the device exhibited a 100% success rate in protecting primates against simian immunodeficiency virus.
Valery Bogomolny, former owner of Royal Medical Supply, a medical equipment supply company in Los Angeles, has been indicted on six counts of health care fraud. According to the indictment, Bogomolny used his company to provide Medicare beneficiaries with unnecessary medical equipment and to submit fraudulent Medicare claims from January 2006 to October 2009. Bogomolny allegedly submitted nearly $4 million in fraudulent claims and received almost $2.7 million in payment.
Elsevier has unveiled a series of ICD-10 assessments to evaluate the competency and proficiency of health care professionals related to health care coding and clinical documentation. The EduCode Competency Exams are also designed to suggest needed education for employees and assist with career development.
William Szudera of Havre, Mont., who pleaded guilty in a workers' compensation fraud case, has been sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay almost $84,000 in restitution. Szudera declared to the Labor Department that he was not working while he was running a successful shooting supply business. From 2001 to 2012, Szudera received almost $277,500 of compensation benefits for which he was not eligible.