Maine could source more prescriptions drugs from Canada
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could source more prescription drugs at a lower cost from Canada under a leading Democrat's bills.
Maine Public reports Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson's...
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state will partner with Los Angeles County in an effort to bring down prescription drugs prices, setting up a likely...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People struggling with chronic diseases joined doctors and other advocates in making the case Wednesday for a bipartisan proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature designed to make...
Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program extended for 10 years
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's popular prescription drug program for senior citizens has been granted approval to continue operating for at least another decade.
In health care debate, price control techniques weighed
BOSTON (AP) — State Rep. Jon Santiago, a Boston emergency room doctor, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes....
Correction: Importing Prescription Drugs story
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 11 about importing prescription drugs to Florida, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Democratic state Rep. Al Jacquet is from Tallahassee. He...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would allow Floridians access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs has taken another step forward in the Florida Senate.
Patient bills, competition and secrecy shared the spotlight Tuesday as pharmacy benefit managers testified before Congress about prescription drug prices.
Montana lawmakers addressing high prescription costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are working on several bills to help rein in the high cost of prescription drugs, mostly with a focus on pharmacy benefit managers — the middlemen who...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate passed bills to raise taxes on hotel rooms, rental cars and marijuana sales ahead of Monday's deadline to send revenue bills to the House, where they face...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has passed a bill for a prescription drug assistance program to help with out-of-pocket costs for low-income seniors.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats began a fresh push Tuesday to try to make prescription drugs more affordable, highlighting several bills that have been moving through the House...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada if the federal government agrees under legislation approved Monday by a state Senate...
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...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad warns that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Senate Democrats plan to roll-out legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Senate President Troy Jackson and Sen. Heather Sanborn, both Democrats, are set...
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceOver 100 Tons Of Prescription Drugs Destroyed With Takeback ProgramApril 17, 2019
- Post-BulletinMedicare drug benefits carry burdensome costs for some patientsApril 16, 2019
- Idaho State JournalIdaho State University College of Pharmacy hosts Prescription Drug Take-Back EventMarch 29, 2019
Bipartisan bill targets prescription drug costs in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An effort to lower prescription drug costs and increase access to neighborhood pharmacies in Wisconsin gained Republican supporters Tuesday as pharmacists urged passage of the...
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.
Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs.
Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs.
Johnson & Johnson will list drug prices in TV commercials
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads.
The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step.
Delegation disappointed Trump didn’t rule out a shutdown
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation say they appreciate that President Donald Trump touched on issues in his State of the Union address such as high prescription drugs costs and infrastructure investment, but they're disappointed he didn't rule out shutting down the government again.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the recent shutdown took a terrible toll on many New Hampshire families and businesses, and must not be repeated.
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."
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.
Lawmakers consider bill aimed at reducing prescription costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at reducing prescription drug prices for people who buy their health insurance through the marketplace, although companies that sell individual health insurance plans argued Friday it would actually hamper their efforts to negotiate favorable contracts for administration of their prescription benefits.
Colorado advances bill to import cheaper prescription drugs
DENVER (AP) — Colorado on Thursday joined a growing number of states that want to cut certain prescription drug prices by importing licensed drugs from Canada.
The idea is central to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis' campaign to rein in health care costs for Coloradans, many of whom, especially in sparsely populated rural and mountain regions, pay some of the nation's highest insurance premiums.
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.
Colorado considers bill to import cheaper prescription drugs
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering creating a program to reduce the prices of certain prescription drugs by importing them from Canada.
The Senate Health & Human Services Committee takes up a Democrat-sponsored bill on the subject Thursday.
New prescription business helps fuel Anthem 2019 forecast
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem topped fourth-quarter earnings expectations and unveiled a better-than-expected 2019 forecast, helped by an early start for its prescription drug coverage business.
Shares of the nation's second-largest health insurer soared after Anthem said Wednesday that it will start moving customers into its new business in this year's second quarter, several months ahead of schedule.
The Latest: Assembly passes pre-existing coverage bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the state Assembly taking up a bill that would guarantee health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions (all times local):
Assembly Republicans have passed a bill that would force health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.
The chamber passed the bill 76-19 on Tuesday. The measure goes next to the state Senate.
Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings.
Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address the high drug costs. But her plans to broaden financial help for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to find takers among Republicans.
Montana lawmakers consider proposals meant to cut drug costs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers and the state insurance commissioner are targeting a generally hidden part of the health care system, with new regulations aimed at bringing down prescription drug costs. Companies in the drug supply chain, and the state's biggest health insurance company, are fighting back.
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.
US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge
Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found.
The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even hospitals.
Ellison plans to target drug prices as attorney general
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Keith Ellison says prescription drug prices, student debt and housing costs will be among his top priorities when he's sworn in next week as Minnesota's attorney general.
State Senate leader outlines agenda as lawmakers sworn in
BOSTON (AP) — The Democratic leader of the Massachusetts Senate promised Wednesday to work for lower prescription drug costs, expanded mental health services and a reform to the state's education funding formula as she laid out an ambitious agenda at the start of the Legislature's new two-year session.
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.
Attorneys general: Settlement talks ongoing in drugs lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorneys general in Connecticut and Louisiana say settlement talks are ongoing in a federal antitrust lawsuit accusing companies that produce generic prescription drugs of price-fixing.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the Democrat leading the lawsuit, confirmed Tuesday that negotiations are underway and said he expects announcements in 2019.
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
Parson wants prescription monitoring bill by session’s end
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The long-futile effort seeking a statewide prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri now has a prominent advocate — Gov. Mike Parson.
The Republican governor met Wednesday with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, doctors and other health leaders to discuss ways to combat the lingering opioid epidemic. Parson made it clear at a news conference that high on his priority list is ending Missouri's status as the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program.
Proposed changes on Medicare drugs create winners and losers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday proposed changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect patients' costs over the next few years, creatiing winners and losers.
Medicare's administrator, Seema Verma, said the goal is to lower costs for beneficiaries and modernize the government's flagship health insurance program for seniors and the disabled, covering about 60 million people.
Arkansas collects thousands of unused prescription drugs
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.
Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse.
Rhode Island’s 2 US House representatives win re-election
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two representatives in the U.S. House won re-election Tuesday, promising voters they'll try to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, rebuild the nation's infrastructure and try to reduce gun violence.
Incumbent congressmen face GOP challengers on Election Day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two representatives in the U.S. House say they're asking voters for another term so they can continue to fight for the state.
Democratic Reps. James Langevin and David Cicilline said they feel they have unfinished business in Washington, whether that's making health care and prescription drugs more affordable, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure or trying to reduce gun violence.
Vermont police departments collect unused prescription drugs
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police departments across Vermont are collecting unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to keep the drugs from being abused or misused.
The event on Saturday is held around the country every spring and fall. Last spring, Vermonters disposed of more than 6,000 pounds of medication.
Collection sites are open around Vermont on Saturday.
Drug take-back day set for Saturday
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police departments are once again collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs across New Hampshire.
The Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates two drug take-back days each year in the spring and fall. Collection sites will be set up at police stations, transfer stations, pharmacies and other locations on Saturday.