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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory...which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday. * Locations...Metro New York City and New Jersey and Long Island. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous windchills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...as low as 20 to 25 below due to temperatures of 5 above to 5 degrees below zero...and northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,04:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

AG Schneiderman Announces Settlement with GlaxoSmithKline to End Deceptive Advertising Practices and Off-Label Promotion of Prescription Drugs

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Drug Company Launched Ad Campaigns Such as “Happy, Horny, Skinny Pill” to Market Drugs for Purposes Unapproved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

New York, NY - June 4, 2014 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that he, along with 43 other State Attorneys General and the District of Columbia, reached a $105 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKlein, LLC (GSK) arising from alleged improper marketing and promotion of the asthma drug Advair and the anti-depressant drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin.  New York’s share of the settlement is over $4.1 million.  The Attorney General’s settlement relating to Paxil builds on a 2006 New York settlement in which GSK agreed to post summaries of clinical studies and establish and maintain a Clinical Trial Register, an official platform and catalogue for registering clinical trials.
 
“When pharmaceutical companies advertise drugs to consumers, their claims should be backed by the best available science, not just slick marketing,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Medical decisions are among the most personal and important decisions an individual makes, and drug companies should be held accountable for misleading claims made in advertising. New Yorkers should be able to trust that ads for prescription medications are medically accurate.”
 
In a complaint filed in New York County Supreme Court, Attorney General Schneiderman alleged that GSK engaged in deceptive and misleading practices when it marketed Advair, Paxil, and Wellbutrin for off-label uses and concealed risks associated with Paxil.  As a result of the states' investigation, GSK agreed to change its marketing of Advair, Paxil, and Wellbutrin and to cease promoting off-label uses of the drugs, which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  
 
The Attorney General’s complaint charged, among other things, that GSK promoted Advair for treatment of mild and intermittent asthma even though it was approved by the FDA only for treatment of more serious asthma conditions.  GSK promoted Wellbutrin for treatment of weight loss and sexual dysfunction through its “happy, horny, skinny pill,” campaign, even though these were unapproved uses.  GSK concealed and misrepresented clinical studies that demonstrated Paxil’s ineffectiveness in treating children and adolescents with major depressive disorder, as compared to a placebo group, and that demonstrated a connection between Paxil’s use and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and acts in adolescents.  
 
The settlement prohibits GSK from:
  • Making, or causing to be made, any written or oral claim that is false, misleading, or deceptive about any GSK product;
  • Making promotional claims, not approved or permitted by the FDA, that a GSK product is better, more effective, safer, or has less serious side effects or contraindications than has been demonstrated by substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience;
  • Presenting favorable information or conclusions from a study that is inadequate in design, scope, or conduct to furnish significant support for such information or conclusions, when presenting information about a clinical study regarding GSK products in any promotional materials; 
  • Providing samples of GSK products to those health care professionals who are not expected to prescribe the sampled GSK products for an approved use, but who would be expected to prescribe the sampled product for an off-label use; or
  • Disseminating information describing any off-label use of a GSK product, unless such information and materials are consistent with applicable FDA regulations and FDA Guidances for Industry.  
The Consent Judgment also requires GSK to continue its Patient First Program through March 2019. The Patient First Program reduces financial incentives for sales representatives to engage in deceptive marketing by removing individual sales targets and begins the process of ending direct payments to health care professionals for speaking engagements and attendance at medical conferences.
 
The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Lee, Deputy Bureau Chief Laura J. Levine and Bureau Chief Jane M. Azia, all of the Consumer Frauds Bureau. The Consumer Frauds Bureau is part of the Division of Economic Justice, led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Karla G. Sanchez.
 
The settlement papers can be read here and here.

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