Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that he has recovered another $1.75 million dollars on behalf of the state’s Medicaid program as a result of a settlement involving the negligence of a pharmaceutical company.
The lawsuits, which were filed by the Office of the Attorney General alleges that Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. along with several other drug companies, published inflated and deceptive prices for their drugs, compared to the actual prices they charged their customers.
Since January 2008, The Office of the Attorney General has collected over $230 million dollars for the state and federal Medicaid programs.
Attorney General Jack Conway says this is the latest in a number of settlements in so-called average wholesale price lawsuits filed by his office against 47 of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country.
To report allegations of Medicaid fraud, contact the Attorney General’s Tip line at 1-877-228-7384.
Fire-fighters from multiple departments responded to a house fire in Christian County this morning.
The initial call went out around 11:30 of a fire at 2307 Dogwood-Kelly Road, with West Side and Lacy Fire Department members the first responding.
The residence was fully engulfed in flames when the first unit arrived. Residents were home at the time of the blaze, but there were no reports of injuries.
Todd County Fiscal Court approved first reading of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year this morning, in addition to proposed administrative changes.
The 6.6 million dollar budget includes 317-thousand dollars for the new Todd County Justice Center slated to open this summer. Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield said 242-thousand dollars of that amount should be refunded to the county by the Administrative Office of the Courts, leaving the county with an expense of 75-thousand dollars for start-up costs.
The Administrative Code changes include reducing the number of vacation and sick hours accrued each month for most county employees in exchange for a 75 cents per hour raise for full-time employees and a 50 cents per hour raise for part-time workers.
Judge Greenfield says the well-publicized move has been received well by most employees, but not so well at all by a few.
The Judge says the budget didn’t vary much from the one agreed upon at a meeting last week, with only a few minor tweeks.
In other action, Fiscal Court approved purchasing a car for the ambulance service, which will also be used by the dispatch center. The vehicle will be purchased used and will replace a car that is no longer in service due to mechanical problems.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are encouraging motorists to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations on Tuesday as a state contractor plans to restrict traffic to one lane for milling and resurfacing along Greenville
Road in northeastern Christian County.
Motorists who regularly travel this section of roadway will likely encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers during daylight hours.
Motorists are also urged to use appropriate caution whenever they encounter a work zone where equipment and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
The work is expected to last about two weeks to complete if weather permits with Rogers Group the primary contractor for the project. Transportation officials say about 600 vehicles travel on Greenville Road each day.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Oak Grove man yesterday for allegedly committing drug related offenses, including trafficking in marijuana.
In addition to the trafficking in marijuana charge, sheriff’s deputies charged 28-year old Douglas L. Swilley jr. of Pembroke-Oak Grove Road with possession of drug paraphernalia and 2nd degree forgery.
Deputies reported that Swilley was allegedly in possession of about two ounces of marijuana and items commonly associated with consuming the illegal narcotic after a search warrant was executed.
Deputies say Swilley signed a false name to a postal label to obtain about 1.7 ounces of marijuana and he was arrested without incident and booked into the Christian County Jail.