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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 that can cure the disease because the state cannot afford to treat everyone.

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. Instead, the 26-year-old Californian found Prince collapsed in an elevator, the attorney said.

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 U.S.-based drugmaker is expanding financial assistance to patients. Pfizer Inc. says it’s doubling its income limit for people to receive dozens of its medicines without a copayment because more patients need help. Patients’ insurance plans generally must then pay the bulk of the drug’s cost. Some critics say this isn’t the best way to keep drugs affordable for everyone.

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 nation’s third-largest drugstore chain is buying EnvisionRx, which, like all pharmacy benefit managers, can exercise considerable influence over how much patients pay for their medications.

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 mishandled prescription drugs, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

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 possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested Monday night in a West Central apartment on the 700 block of North Oak Street, according to a news release. Police executed a search warrant at the apartment, finding several empty bottles of prescription drugs and a Chinese assault rifle similar to an AK-47, police said.

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 three-year time spans from 2006 to 2008 and 2009 to 2011.

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.