Monthly Archives: April 2019

Company which hiked price of infant seizure drug by 97,000% bribed doctors to boost its sales, whistleblowers

Two whistleblowers from a company responsible for a 97,000% hike in the price of a drug have claimed in a lawsuit that the company bribed doctors and their staff to increase sales of the drug to cheat the government out of millions of dollars and lied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about its attempt “to conceal and cover-up its payment of kickbacks and its illegal promotion of HP Acthar Gel.” 

According to CNN, the lawsuit, which has been filed against Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now Mallinckrodt, claims the deceit was part of a “multi-tiered strategy” to boost the sales of HP Acthar Gel. Best known for treating a rare infant seizure disorder, but also approved for 19 indications, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease, Acthar’s price has increased from $40 a vial in 2000 to $39,000 a vial recently.

That 97,000% price increase and

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‘I wanted to make this film for the victims’: Zac Efron on playing Ted Bundy

When Zac Efron first heard about a chance to play Ted Bundy, he was wary. This was a few years before he signed on for the new film about the serial killer, and it involved a different script. “I didn’t want to jump in too early to what could have potentially been the wrong version of this movie,” he says. “I was very hesitant to go into a darker genre in what could be perceived as an effort to change my perceived image.” The script for his new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile felt, to him, like the right version: “A movie that could have been procedural and boring now explores a brand-new perspective, and is told through the eyes of Liz, the girl closest to Ted.”

It is the morning after the London premiere, and Efron is with the film’s director, Joe Berlinger,

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/apr/30/zac-efron-ted-bundy-victims-hollywood-heartthrob-serial-killer

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Ink True Crime Deal With Oxygen

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos

Watch Detective Scott Sanderson Investigates Samantha Fleming’s Disappearance | Snapped Videos


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Anderson Police Detective Scott Sanderson remembers investigating the disappearance of Samantha Fleming and her infant daughter Serenity. On April 6, 2015, Geraldine R. Jones, posing as a case worker from the Department of Child Services, arrived at Fleming’s house. Jones alleged she was there to escort Fleming to a court hearing, and Jones drove off with Fleming and her child.

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Snapped Bonus: Geraldine Jones Opens Up About The Slaying Of Samantha Fleming (Season 25, Episode 8)


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Geraldine R. Jones, her attorney Lisa Deley, prosecutor Steve Koester, and others speak about Jones’ motivations behind the slaying of Samantha Fleming and the abduction of her 3-month-old daughter. On May 4, 2018, Jones pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of criminal confinement for holding the mother and daughter against their wills.

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Oxygen Presents Limited Series DEATH AT THE MANSION: REBECCA ZAHAU

One mansion, two deaths and countless questions, Oxygen Media, the destination for high-quality crime programming, takes a deep dive into the tragic case in the new limited series, “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau” premiering on Saturday, June 1 at 6pm ET/PT. Rebecca Zahau, a vibrant young woman was found dead, hanging naked, bound and gagged, in the courtyard of her billionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion on July 13, 2011, just two days after his six-year-old son suffered a fatal accident while under Rebecca’s care. Rebecca’s cause of death was ruled as a suicide, leading to years of endless public intrigue and speculation. This captivating new series follows an elite team of investigators including, former Prosecutor Loni Coombs, Crime Journalist Billy Jensen, and Forensic Criminologist Paul Holes as they take another look this mysterious case.

In the wake of the recent civil verdict which deemed someone liable, “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions Developing True Crime

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are jumping on TV’s seemingly evergreen true crime bandwagon. The producers and married couple behind Milojo Productions have signed a new development deal with the crime-loving Oxygen network.

Under the pact, the duo and fellow executive producer Albert Bianchini will develop a slate of unscripted series in the true crime space for the NBCUniversal cable network, which charted a hard rebrand into true crime in 2017.

“I have been a loyal Oxygen viewer ever since I stumbled upon my very first Snapped marathon that Sunday while making meatballs,” says Ripa of the news. “Not only have I learned how to commit the perfect crime and dispose of the body, I’ve also learned what the viewers of Oxygen want and that’s why this programming partnership makes perfect sense.”

While balancing their respective day jobs — Ripa as host of perennial syndicated hit Live! and Consuelos as a

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Breaking News – Oxygen Media Presents Limited Series "Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau" on Saturday, June 1 at 6PM ET/PT

OXYGEN MEDIA PRESENTS LIMITED SERIES “DEATH AT THE MANSION: REBECCA ZAHAU” ON SATURDAY, JUNE 1 AT 6PM ET/PT

Series Reveals New Evidence and Never-Before-Interviewed Law Enforcement

New York, NY – April 25, 2019 – One mansion, two deaths and countless questions, Oxygen Media, the destination for high-quality crime programming, takes a deep dive into the tragic case in the new limited series, “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau” premiering on Saturday, June 1 at 6pm ET/PT. Rebecca Zahau, a vibrant young woman was found dead, hanging naked, bound and gagged, in the courtyard of her billionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion on July 13, 2011, just two days after his six-year-old son suffered a fatal accident while under Rebecca’s care. Rebecca’s cause of death was ruled as a suicide, leading to years of endless

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Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau Premieres June 1st

Hailing from Southern California, Loni Coombs is a former criminal prosecutor and legal commentator with over twenty years’ experience. Beginning her career as a criminal trial prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Loni’s primary focus was on murders, DUI’s and sexually based offenses. 

 

Loni continued her work in the “Crimes Against Peace Officers” unit, prosecuting criminals who seriously injured or killed police officers and received personal commendations from President Clinton and US Secret Service Director L.J. Bowron for her instrumental work. In 2001, as Deputy in Charge of the District Attorney’s Malibu Office, Loni handled several cases that involved high-profile celebrities and from 2003 to 2005, Loni headed up the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit, monitoring discrimination cases throughout the county and training law enforcement agencies.

 

In 2006, Loni left the DA’s office and transitioned into the broadcast world as a legal analyst for both national and local broadcast

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A&E Network to Premiere Three New ‘Biography’ Documentaries on Comedy Greats Chris Farley, Jeff Dunham and Jeff Foxworthy

New York, NY — Part of the award-winning Biography series, AE Network will premiere three new documentaries exploring the lives and careers of comedy giants Chris Farley, Jeff Dunham and Jeff Foxworthy. Airing across Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28, the specials will delve deep into the careers and personal lives of these dynamic performers to give viewers an insider’s look at what it took for each to reach the top.