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UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Study shows declining prescriptions for opioids in Washington, Idaho

Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.

UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Feds: Skimping can’t save seniors from rising med cost

Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs – but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report released Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 2:39 p.m.

Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs – found that he and a rival physician …

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …

Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Tacoma latest to sue manufacturers of opioids

The city of Tacoma is suing three large manufacturers of prescription opioids seeking to hold them accountable for problems the city has faced related to opioid addiction.

Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.

People’s Pharmacy: Splitting pills may be more dangerous than you think

One study of pill-splitting found that volunteers who cut hydrochlorothiazide tablets in two pieces ended up with almost half of the pieces of this diuretic the wrong size.

Feds sue Idaho doctor over missing pills, sloppy records

Federal prosecutors say an Idaho doctor’s sloppy records left thousands of regulated pills unaccounted for, but the physician says an employee stole the drugs.

Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer

The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The

Walgreens, FedEx to offer package pickup and drop-off at pharmacies

By the end of next year, most Walgreens customers will be able to pick up prescriptions and packages in a single stop. To accommodate a growing number of e-commerce packages …

Regulators: Illinois doctor’s pill mill supplied 11 states

Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.

CVS to pay $3.5M over allegations of forged prescriptions

CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that dozens of its Massachusetts pharmacies violated federal law by filling forged prescriptions for addictive painkillers and other controlled …

100 years ago in Spokane: Doctor arrested after issuing 27 prescriptions for whisky

From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane pioneer physician, Dr. W.D. Valentine, was locked up in county jail for issuing prescriptions for whisky by the score.

Harrop: Let pharmacies prescribe contraceptives

Western states lead way towards making access to birth control easier and cheaper.

Local veterans air complaints about VA procedures

Several veterans who attended a town hall meeting Friday evening at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center praised the care they had been given, but in the next breath spoke of problems …

‘Orphan drugs’ for rare diseases earn billions for makers

SEATTLE – Her vision failed first. Then she fell asleep at school from inexplicable fatigue. Even walking proved difficult, often impossible, as she knocked into furniture and walls. It was …

Jail policy on prescription meds can leave care gaps

Spokane County spent about $60,000 a month last year doling out prescription medicine to inmates at Geiger Corrections Center and the Spokane County Jail. Ninety percent of the prescriptions were …

Doctor K: Don’t flush drugs down the drain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that when people don’t properly dispose of their medications, they make their way into the drinking water. Should I be worried? DEAR READER: The water …

Huge drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul

Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama’s health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn. Where you live could make a huge difference in what …

State to change rules on dispensing Plan B

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Board of Pharmacy has voted to go ahead with changing a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive “Plan …

Mother gives baby wrong drug after pharmacy’s labeling error

Lindsay Lindberg had needed special help from the start. The infant was born in November with a heart defect that left her fatigued and unable to nurse. Her mother, Courtney …