Feds Go After Mylan For Scamming Medicaid Out of Millions On EpiPen Pricing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the nine or so years that Mylan, Inc. has been selling — and hiking the price — of EpiPens, the drug company has been misclassifying the life-saving device and stiffing Medicaid out of full rebate payments, federal regulators told Ars. Under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, drug manufacturers, such as Mylan, can get their products covered by Medicaid if they agree to offer rebates to the government to offset costs. With a brand-name drug such as the EpiPen, which currently has no generic versions and has patent protection, Mylan was supposed to classify the drug as a “single source,” or brand name drug. That would mean Mylan is required to offer Medicaid a rebate of 23.1 percent of the costs, plus an “inflation rebate” any time Mylan raises the price of the brand-name drug at a rate higher than inflation. Mylan has opted for such price increases — a lot. Since Mylan bought the rights to EpiPen in 2007, it has raised the price on 15 separate occasions, bringing the current list price to $608 for a two-pack up from about $50 a pen in 2007. That’s an increase of more than 500 percent, which easily beats inflation. But instead of classifying EpiPen as a “single source” drug, Mylan told regulators that it’s a “non-innovator multiple source,” or generic drug. Under that classification, Mylan is only required to offer a rebate of 13 percent and no inflation rebates. It’s unclear how much money Mylan has skipped out on paying in total to state and federal governments. But according to the state health department of Minnesota, as reported by CNBC, the misclassification cost that state $4.3 million this year alone.

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Source: Slashdot – Feds Go After Mylan For Scamming Medicaid Out of Millions On EpiPen Pricing

Twitch Starts Phasing Out Original Subscription Plan In Favor Of Amazon-Linked 'Twitch Prime'

The game-streaming service Twitch will no longer offer $9/month Twitch Turbo subscriptions in the U.S. and other parts of the world where Amazon Prime is available, the company announced today. That’s because the Amazon-owned Twitch is now offering ad-free Twitch subscriptions as one of the many perks customers will get for $11/month Amazon Prime subscriptions.

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Source: Kotaku – Twitch Starts Phasing Out Original Subscription Plan In Favor Of Amazon-Linked ‘Twitch Prime’

The first Chevy Bolt EV you see might be your Lyft ride

Shortly before General Motors scooped up the pieces of failed Uber competitor Sidecar back in January, they invested $500 million in Lyft for a partnership to create a self-driving vehicle network. In August, news broke that the car giant made an off…

Source: Engadget – The first Chevy Bolt EV you see might be your Lyft ride

Google's VR paint game 'Tilt Brush' will get multiplayer

Google’s Tilt Brush debuted in September 2014 as a virtual reality painting experience — immersion with the creative simplicity of MS Paint, as The Verge put it. They’ve added more in-game tools and hosted the odd art exhibit in the two-year interim…

Source: Engadget – Google’s VR paint game ‘Tilt Brush’ will get multiplayer

Print-On-Demand Bone Could Quickly Mend Major Injuries

sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone” that can be manufactured on demand and works almost as well as the real thing, at least in monkeys and rats. Though not ready to be implanted in humans, bioengineers are optimistic that the material could be a much-needed leap forward in quickly mending injuries ranging from bones wracked by cancer to broken skulls. Researchers at Northwestern University, Evanston, in Illinois are working on a hyperelastic bone, which is a type of scaffold made up of hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring mineral that exists in our bones and teeth, and a biocompatible polymer called polycaprolactone, and a solvent. Hydroxyapatite provides strength and offers chemical cues to stem cells to create bone. The polycaprolactone polymer adds flexibility, and the solvent sticks the 3D-printed layers together as it evaporates during printing. The mixture is blended into an ink that is dispensed by the printer, layer by layer, into exact shapes matching the bone that needs to be replaced. The idea is, a patient would come in with a nasty broken bone — say, a shattered jaw — and instead of going through painful autograft surgeries or waiting for a custom scaffold to be manufactured, he or she could be x-rayed and a 3D-printed hyperelastic bone scaffold could be printed that same day.

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Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: “Game Over” Movie Review Series: A

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: “Game Over” Movie Review Series: Assassin’s Pen: Hitman (2007)The Hilarious Chaos Of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Vol. 1/2 – Light Novel Review

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Source: Kotaku – Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: “Game Over” Movie Review Series: A

New California Law Allows Test of Autonomous Shuttle With No Driver

If you live in California, you may soon start to see self-driving cars on the road with no operators to be seen. California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill that allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road. Currently, companies are legally able to test self-driving cars in California as long as the operators are located inside the vehicles when they are being tested. Fortune reports: The bill introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla allows testing in Contra Costa County northeast of San Francisco of the first full-autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel, brakes, accelerator or operator. New legislation was necessary because although driverless vehicles can be tested on private land like the office park, the shuttle will cross a public road on its loop through the campus. The new law means that two cube-like Easymile shuttles that travel no faster than 25 mph (40 kph) will be tested for a period of up to six months before being deployed and used by people. In an interview with Reuters in March, Bonilla said the “natural tension” between regulators concerned about safety and lawmakers trying to encourage innovation in their state necessitated a new bill. “They’re risk averse and we’re saying we need to open the door here and take steps (to innovate),” Bonilla said, calling the driverless shuttle project “a very wise first out-of-the-gate opportunity” to show how the technology could work safely.

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Source: Slashdot – New California Law Allows Test of Autonomous Shuttle With No Driver

Here's Some Lovely Rogue One Art to Help You Celebrate Force Friday

Force Friday isn’t just about toys. It’s about Disney and Lucasfilm finally unveiling Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the world. Part of that is toys (which are kind of important to the Star Wars DNA), but it’s also games and books—and art, both physical and digital.

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Source: io9 – Here’s Some Lovely Rogue One Art to Help You Celebrate Force Friday

The Playroom VR: Details on Free PlayStation VR PS4 Game

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Yesterday we saw the official PS VR Unboxing, and today we’ve got loads of details on…

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More than 400 malicious apps infiltrate Google Play

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Source: Ars Technica – More than 400 malicious apps infiltrate Google Play

Facebook 'Messenger Day' Is the Chat App's New Snapchat Stories Clone

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn’t popular yet. Today in Poland it launched “Messenger Day,” which lets people share illustrated filter-enhanced photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like on Snapchat. Much of the feature works exactly like Snapchat Stories, with the ability to draw or add text to images. Facebook’s one big innovation with Messenger Day is the use of graphic filters as suggestions for what to share, instead of just to celebrate holidays and events or to show off your location like with Snapchat’s geofilters. At the top of the Messenger thread list, users see a row of tiles representing “My Day” and friends’ Days they can watch, but there are also prompts like “I’m Feeling,” “Who’s Up For?” and “I’m Doing.” Tapping on these tiles provides a range of filters “I’m feeling […] so blue” with raindrops and a bubbly blue font, “I’m feeling […] blessed” with a glorious gold sparkly font, “Who’s up for […] road trip” with a cute car zooming past, or “Who’s up for […] Let’s grab drinks” with illustrated beer mugs and bottles that cover the screen. This feature allows people to share visually appealing images even if they aren’t great artists or especially creative. These prompts could also spur usage when people are bored, sparking their imagination. Messenger is already an app people use all day with close friends, so it could end up a better home for the Stories format than cramming it into Facebook’s core app, which the company tested as “Quick Updates” and scrapped.

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Source: Slashdot – Facebook ‘Messenger Day’ Is the Chat App’s New Snapchat Stories Clone

Google Maps will show where your next Calendar appointment is

Google has been all about change for its suite of productivity apps this week, and now we’re seeing what happens when some of the disparate services combine. On Android, Maps and Calendar are joining forces to give a quick visual reference for where…

Source: Engadget – Google Maps will show where your next Calendar appointment is

The What We Do in the Shadows TV Spin-Off Sounds Fantastic, But There's a Catch

What We Do in the Shadows is the only vampire mock-doc the world will ever need, because it is hilarious, raunchy, and perfectly self-aware. The werewolf-themed sequel (genius title: We’re Wolves) is percolating, and now the rumored TV spin-off is confirmed. But don’t get too excited about the latter just yet.

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Source: io9 – The What We Do in the Shadows TV Spin-Off Sounds Fantastic, But There’s a Catch

New US 'Secret' Clearance Unit Hires Firm Linked To 2014 Hacks

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. government bureau set up to do “secret” and “top secret” security clearance investigations has turned for help to a private company whose login credentials were used in hack attacks that looted the personal data of 22 million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials said on Friday. Their confirmation of the hiring of KeyPoint Government Solutions by the new National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) comes just days ahead of the bureau’s official opening, scheduled for next week. Its creation was spurred, in part, by the same hacks of the Office of Personnel Management that have been linked to the credentials of KeyPoint, one of four companies hired by the bureau. The officials asked not to be named when discussing sensitive information. A spokesman for OPM said the agency in the past has said in public statements and in congressional testimony that a KeyPoint contractor’s stolen credentials were used by hackers to gain access to government personnel and security investigations records in two major OPM computer breaches. Both breaches occurred in 2014, but were not discovered until April 2015, according to investigators. One U.S. official familiar with the hiring of KeyPoint said personnel records were hacked in 2014 from KeyPoint and, at some point, its login credentials were stolen. But no evidence proves, the official said, that the KeyPoint credentials used by the OPM hackers were stolen in the 2014 KeyPoint hack. OPM officials said on Thursday one aim for NBIB is to reduce processing time for “top secret” clearances to 80 days from 170 days and for “secret” clearances to 40 days from 120 days.

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Source: Slashdot – New US ‘Secret’ Clearance Unit Hires Firm Linked To 2014 Hacks

Amazon adds Twitch perks to $99/year Prime subscription

Amazon has unveiled yet another add-on for its paying Prime subscribers, and it represents the company’s biggest tie-in yet with Twitch, the game-streaming service that Amazon acquired in 2014 for nearly $1 billion.

The new add-on, Twitch Prime, will dole out monthly gaming-related goodies to any Amazon Prime subscriber who links their shopping account with a Twitch user ID. Upon doing so, Twitch users will get a few Twitch-specific bonuses. The first is a series of free game downloads, which change every month and can range from full-game unlocks to DLC add-ons for games you already own (much like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold). Twitch Prime’s first month includes a full download of the Twitch-enabled multiplayer game Streamline and add-on bonuses for free-to-play games Hearthstone and Smite.

Twitch Prime appears to be enabled for Prime subscribers in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, France, Canada, and Italy.

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Source: Ars Technica – Amazon adds Twitch perks to /year Prime subscription

Twitch rolls out video uploads, clip editing on iOS and Android

While Amazon-linked Prime features are the big news out of TwitchCon, the livestreaming service is bringing some long-promised new features to users. Starting today, users can upload videos directly to Twitch. That means streamers can apply their vid…

Source: Engadget – Twitch rolls out video uploads, clip editing on iOS and Android

Caesar Will Face a Powerful New Adversary in War for the Planet of the Apes

The downside to the new Planet of the Apes series is the films are so FX-heavy that they take a long time to make—and you may forget a new one is coming. War for the Planet of the Apes is on the horizon, though, and it’ll be introduced to the world as part of New York Comic-Con next weekend.

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Source: io9 – Caesar Will Face a Powerful New Adversary in War for the Planet of the Apes