Stories tagged: prescriptions
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.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 5:14 a.m.
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.
Mon., March 20, 2017
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.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
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.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Everett files lawsuit against painkiller manufacturer
The city of Everett has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin. The
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 1:56 p.m.
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.
Thu., June 30, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
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 …
Sat., June 4, 2016
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.
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015
Harrop: Let pharmacies prescribe contraceptives
Western states lead way towards making access to birth control easier and cheaper.
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
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 …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2013
‘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 …
Sun., July 21, 2013
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 …
Thu., June 27, 2013
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 …
Mon., May 13, 2013, 3:41 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Nov. 5, 2010
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 …
Wed., May 6, 2009
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 …