A casual observer of Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing might think insulin prices just go up by themselves. After all, the key industry executives filed opening statements to the congressional panel outlining patient-assistance programs, coupons and discounts — a range of price reductions that might make one think this life-or-death diabetes medication is easily affordable to the patients who need it. In fact, the price of insulin nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016 alone, triggering national headlines about the resulting hardships — sometimes deadly — suffered by people with the Type I-version of the condition who are left to ration insulin because it is too expensive for them to use as prescribed. The three drug manufacturers that make insulin — Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi — joined three pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx — to testify before the Oversight and Investigations … [Read more...] about The Blame Game: Everyone And No One Is Raising Insulin Prices
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff February 23, 2019 Marine Corps helicopter pilot John Ruocco had just returned home to Newbury after 75 harrowing combat missions while deployed in Iraq. He was distant, anxious, and irritable in the short time he had with his wife and two young boys. The war would not leave him.“I saw the face of evil over there,” Ruocco told his wife, Kim. “It’s part of me now.” He soon returned to his base in California, and the warning signs kept flashing. After one alarming phone call, Kim Ruocco booked a red-eye to the West Coast, only to arrive at her husband’s room to see another Marine leave in tears. Advertisement When the Marine saw her, he blocked the door and then carried her away after she collapsed. Major John Ruocco, 40, had hanged himself. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local … [Read more...] about ‘I couldn’t be the only one having this experience’
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] and Matthias Gafni | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 31, 2019 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: February 1, 2019 at 4:09 am OAKLAND — The Oakland diocese Thursday announced that a priest the bishop had called “inspiring” in a 2017 promotion is now on leave and under investigation for alleged “inappropriate conduct with a minor.” The diocese said the Rev. Alex Castillo has been placed on administrative leave and “is not allowed to function publicly as a priest.” Castillo, a native of Costa Rica who came to the U.S. in 2008 and was ordained in 2011, served at Saint Anthony Parish in Oakley and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fremont. In October 2017, Bishop Michael C. Barber appointed him director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization overseeing adult ministry. The diocese said it would not provide any further information on the allegations … [Read more...] about Oakland priest placed on leave due to alleged inappropriate conduct with a minor
Frequent flier witnesses theft of 140,000 miles from his account Chris McGinnis, Tim Jue Updated 11:32 am PST, Monday, January 7, 2019 A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Image 1 of 32 A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account A frustrated frequent flyer watched hackers steal 140,000 American Airlines miles from his account Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Protecting yourself against frequent flyer program … [Read more...] about Protecting yourself against frequent flyer program hackers
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Maria Cramer Globe Staff December 28, 2018 QUINCY — Rachael Rollins stood before 50 union employees, many of them black and Latino, and revealed a provocative question she planned to ask prosecutors seeking to keep their jobs when she takes over as Suffolk district attorney.“Why did you apply for a job where you would be putting people of color in jail every single day?” she said in late November, drawing loud applause from the staffers of the 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East who had gathered at their headquarters to hear her speak.Two weeks later, Rollins was at the district attorney’s office in downtown Boston, addressing dozens of apprehensive employees, including prosecutors, many wondering if they would still have a job when she is sworn in Jan. 2 Advertisement Her message was warm and reassuring, recalled Bob Madden, a … [Read more...] about After fiery campaign, Rachael Rollins is about to be DA. How much will she shake things up?