Insys Therapeutics, a drug maker that peddled powerful and addictive painkillers in sordid ways, entered yet another phase of its penalties for its criminal conduct: The firm in quick fashion agreed first to pay $225 million to resolve federal bribery charges, then promptly sought bankruptcy protection. Federal prosecutors, who earlier had won criminal racketeering convictions against the firm’s CEO and other Insys executives, emphasized that the Big Pharma firm hasn’t declared itself insolvent in its…
Insys Therapeutics, a drug maker that peddled powerful and addictive painkillers in sordid ways, entered yet another phase of its penalties for its criminal conduct: The firm in quick fashion agreed first to pay $225 million to resolve federal bribery charges, then promptly sought bankruptcy protection. Federal prosecutors, who earlier had won criminal racketeering convictions against the firm’s CEO and other Insys executives, emphasized that the Big Pharma firm hasn’t declared itself insolvent in its…
An article by Robertson, Clark & Davoren (ABC news) suggests that the Health Care Complaints Commission (NSW) has said that it does not have the power to investigate complaints about medical practitioners providing reports, in the context of Family Court proceedings. The article states: In the case of the Sydney psychiatrist, up to a dozen parents made complaints to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), accusing him of “placing the public at risk” with his Family Court…
Gavan v FSS Trustee Corporation [2019] NSWSC 667 arose in the context of a TPD insurance claim. The interlocutory decision considered an application to be excused from compliance with a Notice to Produce for: 1.   A copy of this Notice to Produce and the notice and declaration completed by you. 2.   All ‘Records’ from your Facebook account, irrespective if it is currently active, de-activated or suspended, from 17 March 2009 to date, irrespective of what ‘screen name’ you…
Burchell and National Disability Insurance Agency [2019] AATA 1256 concerned funding for an eating plan for an applicant with dysphagia as a result of cerebral palsy and cannot swallow properly. The NDIA declined to fund the eating plan and before the Tribunal argued  that the support requested is health-related, and that health-related supports will not be funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) (the Act), even if the health system does not…
A new paper by Matthew Spittal, Marie Bismark & David Studdert covers all health professions (not just medical practitioners) and uses data from AHPRA rather than the health complaints commissioners. Identification of practitioners at high risk of complaints to health profession regulators reports on a study of 715,415 registered health practitioners (55% nurses, 15% doctors, 6% midwives, 5% psychologists, 4% pharmacists, 15% other). The algorithm, PRONE-HP (Predicted Risk of New Event for Health Practitioners),…
Jane Campbell has recently written on the matter of Williams v Hoang [2019] ACTSC 144.  A settlement between the parties had been approved, so the issue before the court was whether the settlement amount should be managed by a specific private trustee, or whether the monies should be managed by the default public trustee. The court accepted that long term fund management by a private trustee may be significantly more expensive than if the Public Trustee were…

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