If you’re dancing “The Beagle,” and you can’t break away from all of the movies starring Candace Cameron Bure on the Hallmark Channel, it can only mean one thing; it’s Christmas time! Despite what Staples would have you believe, THIS is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Before you fill your heads with dreams of sugarplums, we have a quick yuletide tale to share. Gather round friends to hear the tome; our newsy, Compliance News in Review Christmas poem.
T’was the News before Christmas, and all through the land,
Our readers waited for the first story at hand.
The story was chosen with the utmost of care,
In the hopes of bringing joy and not causing despair.
In Congress a healthcare bill was just passed,
But not without a change that left some hopes dashed.
Despite efforts to exempt, companies will still report
Senators exclaimed the payments we must heed
With the exemption removed, the bill passed with ease.
With the healthcare bill passed and well on its way,
We will move on to news from Californ-i-a.
Away went a bill in the last governing session,
Requiring disclosure of drug pricing information.
Not one to give up, an intrepid senator said,
“I’ll make minor changes. This bill is not dead!”
Change his bill he did, and returned it to the floor.
Companies must report price hikes of 25% or more. (if passed)
Then over at Teva there arose such a clatter!
We wondered out loud what could be the matter?
After one bribery investigation and setting aside cash
A tip came in – to Romania Teva should dash!
Bribes of travel and consulting fees were paid.
Teva is investigating all of these claims.
On the “nice” list of St. Nick we all hope to be,
But this group of execs will be found on “naughty.”
Six from Insys were arrested for inducements
Paid to docs to write scripts for unapproved uses.
The former CEO is one of the six, yes really.
His lawyer exclaimed he would plead “not guilty.”
Others in trouble are from marketing and sales.
Don’t buy the business is the moral of this tale.
With that last story our tale must come to an end.
We’ve enjoyed sharing it with you our dear friends.
So until we return with more news and insights,
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!