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UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

New drug to boost women’s sex drive approved in U.S.

U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for …

UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a $2.125 million gene therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within …

UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

UnitedHealthcare broadens direct drug rebate program

The nation’s largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications. Beginning next year, all new employer-sponsored health plan …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 4:43 p.m.

Eli Lilly to spend about $8B on Loxo Oncology

Eli Lilly is spending about $8 billion in cash to buy Loxo Oncology, as the drugmaker seeks to bulk up on cancer treatments that target certain gene abnormalities. Loxo Oncology’s …

Candy crushed: Washington regulators crack down on marijuana sweets they say are too appealing to kids

Beginning next year, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is expected to impose tougher enforcement on the sale of marijuana-infused candy that has become too appealing to children. Those in …

Idaho drug and hate crimes see double-digit rate increase

Statewide, Idaho saw a 2 percent increase in its most serious crimes in 2017.

FDA approves new pill to reduce pain from endometriosis

A new treatment for pain caused by endometriosis was approved Tuesday by U.S. regulators.

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone …

Drugmaker revives female libido pill Addyi, at half the price

Sprout Pharmaceuticals is relaunching Addyi, the first-ever approved drug for low libido in women – and it’s slashing the drug’s price in half.

U.S. approves first drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines.

After outcry, drugmakers decide not to triple the price of a cancer pill

Last week, two drug companies that jointly sell a blood-cancer drug made a rare decision: to not move forward with changes that would have effectively tripled the cost of a …

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss

U.S. regulators have approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose weight.

Seattle biotech startup Lumen Bioscience raises $11.2M to develop drugs using algae

Spirulina, a blue-green algae, may have a use other than as an ingredient in “green” drinks or dietary supplements. A Seattle biotech startup hopes it could be the answer to …

A first: Drug lowers heart risks by curbing inflammation

For the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering cholesterol.

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Elephant tranquilizer makes lethal entry into opioid crisis

A substance used to tranquilize elephants that is 100 times more potent than the drug that killed Prince is presenting a new and difficult challenge in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s sons wounded in cartel attack, report says

A prominent Mexican journalist reported Wednesday that the sons of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman say they were wounded in an attack they blamed on a rival drug …

Lewiston police seize more cash, property in drug cases

Police in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston seized more cash, cars and property last year under Idaho’s drug forfeiture laws.

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s disease drug fails in final-stage trial

Eli Lilly & Co.’s experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease, yet another setback to drugmakers and researchers who continue to seek a way to …

Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …

Oregon State University offers dorm for recovering addicts

Oregon State University will open an on-campus dorm this fall specifically designed for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

FDA favors first drug for HIV prevention

WASHINGTON — Federal drug regulators today affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the …

19 arrested in multi-agency gang sweep

A series of federal arrests is going on today as part of a lengthy drug and firearms investigation targeting Spokane-area gangs.

Robyn Blumner: Usury-built economy proves flimsy

In Edna Ferber’s 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “So Big,” a cultured woman spends her life doing hard physical labor on a rural Illinois farm so that her son can go …

Robyn Blumner: Help, not jail time, for drug issues

We’ve come a long way from “I didn’t inhale,” former President Bill Clinton’s rather lame attempt to explain away a marijuana toke. President Barack Obama has been candid about his …

Drug abuse treatment paying off

BOISE – Idaho’s prison population is down, defying a steep multiyear growth trend and signaling, state officials say, that the state’s new coordinated approach to substance abuse treatment is paying …

House Keeps Crack Sentence

The House joined the Senate in voting Wednesday to retain the five-year mandatory sentence for possession of crack cocaine, rejecting a federal commission’s recommendation to reduce it. On a 332-83 …

Boutros-Ghali Nephew Arrested

Police have arrested a nephew of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on suspicion of selling LSD, a crime punishable by death under Egyptian law. Karim Raouf Boutros-Ghali, 17, was picked up …

Police Raid Suspected Meth Lab, Find Nothing

Spokane police raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in a North Side house Thursday after arresting the home’s owner a day earlier. The owner, Robert G. Katke, 65, was arrested as …

Man Arrested On Charge Of Delivering Meth

A man who owns a north Spokane County home where a methamphetamine lab was discovered earlier this week was arrested Thursday, police said. Terry N. Ward, 35, was arrested at …