Record amount of drugs disposed of at drop boxes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State authorities say Connecticut residents disposed of a record 43,000 pounds of unneeded medications last year at drug drop boxes at police stations all over the...
Minnesota inmates win access to costly hepatitis C drugs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota inmates with chronic hepatitis C infections have gained access to expensive drug treatment following a class-action lawsuit settlement.
House panel backs giving Florida access to foreign drugs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other foreign countries under legislation approved by a state House committee Monday amid...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to help fund a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs genetics study to determine which medications are most...
UnitedHealthcare broadens direct drug rebate program
The nation's largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three drug companies are interested in Louisiana's plan to use a Netflix-style subscription model to buy access to hepatitis C drugs for Medicaid patients and prisoners, a...
Bill would allow lower priced insulin to be imported
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As Congress grills drug companies about the high cost of prescription medications, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow for...
Arkansas Senate votes to require ‘abortion reversal’ notices
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require doctors give written notice to women undergoing drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be halted halfway, a claim that...
Senators draw on own experiences to chastise drug companies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Channeling the ire of constituents and drawing from personal experience, senators chastised drug company executives Tuesday over the high cost of prescription medications, while...
Nevada lawmakers hear arguments on assisted suicide bill
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are once again considering legislation to allow terminal patients to kill themselves with medication prescribed by a doctor.
Bill would let youth get HIV prevention meds on their own
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers were asked Monday to consider letting young people receive preventative medication for HIV infections without their parents' consent.
Plan to ask to import Canadian prescriptions OK-ed by panel
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A plan for Utah to ask to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada has passed its first legislative hurdle.
Kentucky lawmakers advance ‘abortion reversal’ proposal
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Kentucky expanded their aggressive legislative agenda on Thursday by unveiling a proposal that would require abortion providers to tell women undergoing...
Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize...
Proposal would let Utah women stay on birth control in jail
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal in the Utah Legislature would allow female jail inmates to take birth control while behind bars, though county sheriffs have raised concerns about cost of providing the medication.
UMN’s new device could make at-home cancer treatments easier
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hannah Carlin, a fourth-year student studying microbiology, doesn't recall much of her cancer treatment — granted, she was 16 months old at the time of her diagnosis.
But her mother, Beth Heinz, certainly does.
"You're not guaranteed anything in life. You're not guaranteed a lifetime with your children," Heinz said to The Minnesota Daily.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump on prescription drug pricing
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:
TRUMP: "Already, as a result of my administration's efforts, in 2018 drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years."
Lawmakers seek to eliminate insurance pre-authorization
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont legislators are seeking to ban insurance companies or Medicaid from requiring pre-authorization before approving medication-assisted treatment.
Democratic Rep. Ann Pugh tells The Times Argus she wants to remove any barriers between someone with a substance use disorder and treatment.
Trump health chief asks Congress to pass drug discount plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top health official asked Congress on Friday to pass its new prescription drug discount plan and provide it to all patients, not just those covered by government programs like Medicare.
The plan would take now-hidden rebates among industry players like drug companies and insurers and channel them directly to consumers when they go to pay for their medications.
The Latest: Colorado prescription drugs bill advances
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado bill on prescription drug imports (all times local):
A Colorado Senate committee has advanced a bill to create a proposal for importing certain prescription drugs from Canada to help state consumers.
Trump plan would channel prescription discounts to patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers.
The proposed regulation from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would eliminate behind-the-scenes discounts among drugmakers, insurers and go-betweens and instead require that they be paid directly to consumers when they buy their medications.
Drug company expands voluntary recall of infant ibuprofen
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. (AP) — Tris Pharma has expanded its voluntary recall of infant ibuprofen because it may contain overly high concentrations of the drug.
The company, based in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, announced the move this week.
It says the concentration can be as high as 10 percent above the specified limit. The affected brands include CVS health and Equate and are sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar stores.
More staff on leave as hospital reviews deaths, drug doses
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital said Tuesday it has put more employees, including managers, on leave amid allegations that an intensive-care doctor ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients.
Subsidies requested for treating inmates with hepatitis C
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is seeking increased funding from lawmakers to treat prisoners with hepatitis C.
The department estimates more than 3,000 of the state's inmates have the viral infection that's dispersed through blood contact, which affects the liver, The Journal Record reported.
Walgreens settles Medicaid violation accusations
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin says Walgreens has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to comply with Medicaid rules designed to ensure that stimulant medications are dispensed for appropriate medical treatment.
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The Latest: New wrongful death lawsuit filed against doctor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on wrongful death lawsuits filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medicine to near-death hospital patients (all times local):
An attorney says an additional wrongful death lawsuit has been filed alleging an Ohio doctor and the hospital where he worked caused a patient's death by improperly prescribing a lethal dose of pain medication.
OKC school district approves the use of medical marijuana
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Students in the Oklahoma City school district with medical conditions that require cannabis are now permitted to use the drug at school.
The Oklahoma City Public Schools board voted to approve the policy Monday night, The Oklahoman reported . The district will provide a place for a guardian to administer medical marijuana to students at school.
Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to cut prescription drug prices, congressional liberals proposed legislation Thursday to bring U.S. prices in line with the much lower costs in other countries.
The Democratic bills stand little chance of becoming law in a divided government. But the effort could put Republicans on the defensive by echoing Trump's pledge to force drugmakers to cut prices.
Hawaii law allowing medically assisted suicide takes effect
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's new medically assisted suicide law has gone into effect, but few doctors and pharmacies are willing to prescribe and dispense the life-ending medications.
Indiana town marshal pleads guilty to pain medication theft
VAN BUREN, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana town marshal is pleading guilty after authorities alleged that he broke into the home of a local elected official and stole pain medication while still wearing his police uniform.
Pharmacy benefit manager agrees to records examination
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A company that negotiates prescription drug prices on behalf of insurance plans agreed to a third-party examination of its records as Montana lawmakers work to rein in the increasing costs of prescription medications, the state auditor's office announced.
Blumenthal pushes for legislation to curb medication prices
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pushing for legislation that he says will end "predatory price gouging" on lifesaving medications.
The Connecticut Democrat plans to visit Hartford Hospital on Monday to discuss the Curbing Unreasonable Rises and Excessively High Drug Prices Act.
Blumenthal says the act would prohibit unjustified drug price increases and give the Department of Health and Human Services authority to block such increases and reimburse consumers.
Mexican president seeks to revamp health care for poor
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $5.7-billion, two-year plan Friday to revamp the country's health care system for the poor. He also said the country should consider a program for euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying, which is currently not allowed.
"Why don't we implement some program for dignified death? Why not, assisted?" said Lopez Obrador. "These are very important questions we have to resolve among all of us."
Woman found dead in Reno had misused medication
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Police say a woman whose body was found last week in a field in south Reno had been misusing her prescribed medication and hallucinating before she disappeared on Nov. 16.
The Washoe County medical examiner identified the dead woman as 36-year-old Kelly Trethan of Reno.
No foul play is suspected by an investigating into the cause of her death is continuing.
Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state.
Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in a statement Tuesday the state's program has been "thoughtfully expanded" to 18 approved dispensaries since its inception in 2012. The department received 73 applications this year.
Partnership to curb opioid crisis launches in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public-private effort has launched in Michigan that aims to curb opioid overdoses and deaths.
Officials on Wednesday announced the creation of the Michigan Opioid Partnership. It plans to distribute $2.6 million in grants focusing on medication-assisted treatment, which experts say is an effective approach combining medication and behavioral therapy.
Correction: Drug Collection-Ohio story
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story Dec. 9 about Ohio drug collections, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of prescription drugs that was turned in. It was 11 million tons nationwide, not just in Ohio.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ohioans turn over 45,000 pounds of prescription drugs
Ohioans turned in 45,000 pounds of prescription drugs this fall during an effort to get rid of old and expiring medication
Maine boosts reimbursement rates for opioid use treatment
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has increased reimbursement rates for medication-assisted treatment thanks to funding passed by lawmakers to address the opioid crisis.
The administration last month passed emergency rules raising reimbursement rates from $496 per patient each month to new tiered rates of $663 to $2,200.
Operation gives Wisconsin man with epilepsy new life
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Jon Duchac enjoys the little things. Almost every morning, he takes time to read from a green, paperback meditation book on his front porch down the street from Horlick Field. Smoking a cigarette or two, the 60-year-old taps ashes into a bucket, watching birds chirp and waving at neighbors.
For the past four decades, finding a moment's peace hasn't always been this easy for Duchac.
Low-vision support group provides resources, friendship
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mary MacKenzie held up the talking pill bottle that she had brought for show-and-tell at the low-vision support group meeting on a recent Wednesday.
Former Aberdeen residents develop new migraine medication
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — When Ryan Darling and Kirk Johnson were growing up in Aberdeen, science was their thing.
But they wouldn't know each other until they met as scientists at the global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
Johnson, 57, graduated from Central High School in 1980.
Darling, 44, graduated from Roncalli High School in 1992.
North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North.
Connecticut adds 31st condition to medical marijuana program
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new condition can now be treated with medical marijuana in Connecticut.
The General Assembly's Regulations Review Committee has agreed that chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders is eligible for treatment with the drug.
With this change, there are now 31 conditions that have been approved for adults and eight for patients under 18 that can be treated with medical marijuana.
Nursing homes reduce Kansas’ anti-psychotic drug use rate
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two years ago, 38 percent of the residents at a southwest Kansas nursing home were on anti-psychotic drugs — one of the highest medication rates in Kansas, a state with one of the highest rates in the nation.
The sedatives are intended only for people with serious mental illness, but are sometimes used to calm people with Alzheimer's and dementia, even though the drugs increase the risk of falls, heart attacks and other deadly events.
Inmate awarded $549K after pain medication for MS denied
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $549,000 to a Washington state inmate with multiple sclerosis who was repeatedly denied nonaddictive nerve-pain medication by prison staff.
Kansans safely dispose of nearly 15,000 pounds of medicine
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says state residents safely disposed of more than seven tons of unused and unwanted medicines during last Saturday's National Drug Take-Back Day.
Kansas law enforcement officers collected 14,860 pounds of medicines at 98 locations throughout the state.
Schmidt says safe storage and proper disposal of drugs prevent misuse of prescription medicines.
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