Saturday

EpiPen Maker Mylan Falls Under Medicaid Scrutny

Mylan, Inc, the makers of EpiPen have run afoul of US Federal regulators, due to the way the product has been sold to the Medicaid system. EpiPen is an injector device, designed to provide possibly life-saving assistance to those suffering from severe allergic reactions (as seen on TV, via numerous commercials).

The problem is that the Epipen product has allegedly been classified incorrectly, leading to overcharges to the Medicaid system. This follows recent accusations that the company has raised EpiPen prices unreasonably over the last several years.
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.

Wednesday

Home Security Camera Primer And Round-Up

Home security systems come in all shapes and sizes, including "do-it-yourself" cameras you can set up to monitor, alert and record potential nefarious activity in and around your home.

Personally, my only reservation over these types of devices at present is the lack of security in some instances with internet-connected cameras.

That said, prices are affordable and if you can get a non-subscription (or low-cost subscription) setup, then it's hard to argue against the extra layer of security these can give you.

PC Magazine has a round-up of current offerings, and gives you a good idea of what features are on offer, and which make sense in a given situation.



CW Network Now Available Free On Roku

If you have a Roku streaming device, you now can also get the CW Network as a free channel. The CW is where Supergirl moved to after the first season on CBS. This a pretty nice free addition, as the CW has quite a bit of programming, including Arrow, and other non-superhero content, too.

The CW Network is also available to subscribers of Hulu, on their commercial-free tier.
Roku promises "The CW channel will give all Roku customers access to the current season of shows including The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. New episodes are available the day after they air, with the last five episodes available at a time".
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Sunday

Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges To Eradicate Disease

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, are using their fortune to try to eradicate disease. To that end, they will spend $3 billion over the next ten years to foster technology and research into finding cures. 
Chan acknowledged that the organization’s goal is extreme, but she said she very much believes in it, tearing up at one point during her speech. “This doesn’t mean no one will get sick,” she said. “But it does mean that our children and their children should get sick a lot less.”
They join with several other tech titans - like Bill and Melinda Gates (Bill Gates of Microsoft fame) - who have given or continue to give away much of their fortune toward philanthropic ventures.