Stories tagged: prescription drugs
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action
The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.
Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
New deals for drugs: No heart attack or your money back
Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids
Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 4 p.m.
Prescribing drugs is good. So is deprescribing.
In 2017, I will try to tip the balance: I will not only try to write fewer prescriptions, I will also try to get more of my patients off their …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016, 5:45 a.m.
‘Strike team’ one strategy as insurers grapple with rapidly rising drug costs
The shocking 400 percent increase in the price of EpiPens was a widely reported example, but the cost of many medications is rising. The trend hits both patients and their …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
For Pfizer, bigger as one may be better than smaller with two
For Pfizer, bigger is still better. By deciding not to split in two after a lengthy evaluation, a decision announced Monday, the New York-based drugmaker is keeping greater leverage with …
Wed., July 6, 2016, 4:01 p.m.
Medical marijuana reduces prescription drug use, study finds
Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for conditions like nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how …
Mon., July 4, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
Insider Q&A: A model for more rational drug prices
Rising drug prices are creating anxiety for patients, politicians and physicians across the country, with little relief in sight.
Mon., July 4, 2016, noon
Dr. Zorba Paster: You’re right to be angry about drug pricing
Don’t have to buy costly prescription – as long as you don’t touch it.
Tue., June 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget
New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 9:23 p.m.
Before Prince died, doctor’s son taught drug users to surf
Andrew Kornfeld’s red-eye flight to bring a prescription drug to Prince has been described by his attorney as a “lifesaving mission” to persuade the superstar to start treatment for addiction. …
Sat., March 12, 2016
Jeff Rochon: Regulate the middleman driving up prescription drug costs
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) were designed to control drug pricing, but they’ve become large entities in need of regulation.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores
Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.
Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
Pfizer doubling patient income limit for free drug program
TRENTON, N.J. – As the furor over soaring U.S. prescription drug prices escalates and outrageous price hikes by several smaller drugmakers give the entire industry a black eye, the biggest …
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Rite Aid acquiring prescription benefits manager EnvisionRx
Rite Aid’s $2 billion acquisition of a pharmacy benefits manager steers the drugstore chain toward a potentially lucrative focus for health care companies: Finding ways to tame customer costs. The …
Sun., Nov. 16, 2014, 2:46 p.m.
DEA agents check at least 2 NFL medical staffs
Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced at least one stadium Sunday to check an NFL team’s medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams …
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
Suspect in two Walgreens robberies arrested
Spokane police on Monday arrested a man suspected of robbing a north Spokane Walgreens pharmacy at knifepoint twice last week. Steven R. Prigan, 22, faces charges of first-degree robbery, unlawful …
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
Deaths linked to prescription drugs plunge in Spokane County
The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Spokane County has plummeted over the past three years. The number of such deaths in the county has dropped 40 percent, comparing …
UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2012, 7:41 p.m.
Leaf pleads guilty to stealing painkillers
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has pleaded guilty to charges that he broke into a house and possessed prescription painkillers.
UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2012, 10:24 a.m.
Montana court postpones Ryan Leaf’s arraignment
Ryan Leaf’s arraignment on charges that the former NFL quarterback broke into two homes in Montana and stole prescription drugs has been postponed.
Sat., Jan. 8, 2011
Batty arrested again for DUI
A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David …
Thu., Sept. 23, 2010, 10:26 a.m.
US restricts, EU bans controversial diabetes pill
European regulators ordered the diabetes drug Avandia off the market and the Food and Drug Administration placed stringent restrictions on its use in the United States, saying heart attack risks …
Tue., Dec. 15, 2009
Many seniors may be paying too much for drugs
Seniors have until the end of the year to switch Medicare drug plans to get a better deal. But many will pass up the chance to save hundreds of dollars …
Sun., Nov. 15, 2009
State programs aim to monitor prescription use
Each year, Idaho monitors more than a million drug prescriptions, helping the state track some of the most addictive substances in the pharmaceutical industry. But Washington, facing a huge budget …
Mon., Oct. 19, 2009, 2:57 p.m.
Two men sought in Spokane pharmacy robbery
Two Deer Park men have been identified as suspects in a pharmacy robbery police linked to a 20-year-old woman.
Thu., Sept. 10, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
Reward in OxyContin robberies up to $2,000
The reward for information that helps capture a suspected two-time pharmacy robbery is now up to $2,000.
Thu., Aug. 20, 2009, 6:06 p.m.
Sentenced to 4 years, robber cites addiction
A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge Thursday how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get …
Mon., July 20, 2009, 4:42 p.m.
Woman robbed of prescriptions in her home
Two men burst into a Spokane woman’s apartment this morning and stole OxyContin and hydrocodone. A 54-year-old woman answered her apartment door about 5:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of …
Fri., May 15, 2009
Pharmacist says ex-worker ‘snookered’ him
Prescription drug crimes plaguing Art Tyrrell’s independent pharmacy spurred him to merge his operations with Safeway last month, ending the pharmacy’s run of nearly 100 years on South Perry Street. …