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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

NY, feds sue ‘Pharma Bro’ for scheme to keep drug price up

State and federal authorities sued imprisoned drug entrepreneur Martin Shkreli on Monday over business tactics that helped make him the bad-boy face of profiteering in the pharmaceuticals industry, seeking to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Deal encourages development of new overdose antidote spray

More companies could investigate the efficacy of using the drug nalmefene (used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence) as another easy-to-use opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced Thursday …


North America trade pact deals rare setback to Big Pharma

A revamped North American trade deal nearing passage in Congress gives both the White House and Democrats a chance to claim victory.


DOJ sues CVS over ‘stale’ Omnicare prescription refills

The federal government is joining a legal fight against CVS Health that accuses its troubled Omnicare business of routinely filling prescriptions that had expired or run out of refills.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

U.S. regulators approve fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish-oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Drugmakers, distributors face federal opioid probe

At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute opioid painkillers are under a federal investigation of their role in a nationwide addiction and overdose crisis, according to a report.


New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease

Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Company says it will seek approval of Alzheimer’s drug

The drug company Biogen Inc. says it will seek federal approval for a medicine to treat early Alzheimer’s disease.


Spokane sheriff arrests 20-time felon for possession of large amount of meth

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigators and a SWAT team arrested 20-time convicted felon Joseph A. Gariepy, 49, Friday morning in the Bemiss neighborhood with a large amount of methamphetamine.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.