With Supply More Abundant, Pharmacies Struggle to Use Up Covid Pills

The White House on Tuesday announced new steps to expand access to Paxlovid, the Covid-19 antiviral pill. But experts say that efforts to reach at-risk Americans remain complex and inefficient.

By: Noah Weiland | April 26, 2022

Adeolu Odewale, right, the owner of Demmy’s Pharmacy in Greenbelt, Md., had been eager to obtain Paxlovid for his high-risk customers,
but so far, he has dispensed it to just seven people. Credit…Shuran Huang for The New York Times

GREENBELT, Md. — Last month, the owner of a small pharmacy here secured two dozen courses of Pfizer’s new medication for treating Covid-19, eager to quickly provide them to his high-risk customers who test positive for the virus.

More than a month later, the pharmacy, Demmy’s, has dispensed the antiviral pills to just seven people. The remaining stock is sitting in neatly packed rows on its shelves here in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. And the owner, Adeolu Odewale, is scrambling to figure out how to get the medication, Paxlovid, to more people as cases have increased over 80 percent in Maryland in recent days.… read more > “With Supply More Abundant, Pharmacies Struggle to Use Up Covid Pills”

Penalty Shot: NHL Sues Its Insurers Over COVID-19 Losses

The National Hockey League has filed suit against its insurers over alleged revenue losses during mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns.

BY Autumn Demberger | APRIL 2, 2022

Twenty out of the 32 National Hockey League teams and the league itself are suing five insurance companies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The teams are hoping to recoup an alleged $1 billion worth of losses due to the pandemic. These losses, they say, were in the form of ticket sales, concessions, parking and in-arena merchandise sales.

Due to the pandemic, especially during the 2020 season, teams were forced to play without cheering fans and subsequently without the added revenue stream.

The 2019-20 season was placed on pause in March 2020, finishing out later in the year once the teams were placed in quarantine bubbles.

The 2020-21 season further suffered, the teams allege, due to minimal attendance.

One insurer named in the lawsuit is Factory Mutual.… read more > “Penalty Shot: NHL Sues Its Insurers Over COVID-19 Losses”

Washington State Man Charged With Defrauding Insurers In Crash Scam

Tri-City Herald | (Kennewick, WA)

Mar. 27—KENNEWICK, Wa. — A 54-year-old Kennewick man admitted last week to falsely accusing a FBI agent of trying to take a $22,000 bribe to make his case go away.

He was one of 23 suspects recently charged in a scheme to defraud insurance companies by staging 14 vehicle accidents over a three-year span. The group amassed nearly $1 million in fraudulent payouts, say federal prosecutors.

They were charged by indictment in December.

Mohammed Naji Al-Jibory was one of six accused of attempting to obstruct law enforcement officials and the investigation.

The FBI began investigating Al-Jibory and his accomplices in February 2019, after allegations surfaced that they were involved in a scheme to defraud multiple companies of money and property by “staging automobile accidents, and filing false and fraudulent claims with insurance companies, in violation of federal criminal laws,” said a release from Vanessa R. Waldref, U.S.… read more > “Washington State Man Charged With Defrauding Insurers In Crash Scam”