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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018

Law enforcement sponsors prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday

Local and federal law enforcement agencies are helping sponsor National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day,” which will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Prescription drugs, lower taxes, power J&J 3Q beat

A jump in prescription drug sales and a sharply reduced tax bill boosted Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter sales and profit, which beat Wall Street expectations.


Mariah McKay and Janna Williams: Chain pharmacy pricing unfair to consumers

If Walmart or CVS tried charging five times more than local grocers for bread, milk and bananas, their customers would promptly start buying locally. Yet a new report from the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Local police collect medications for Saturday National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, you can hand your prescription drugs over to a police officer – no questions asked.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.


Kmart to pay $32.3 million to settle prescription drugs case

Kmart Corp. has agreed to pay $32.3 million to settle allegations its pharmacies caused federal health programs to overpay for prescription drugs by not telling the government about discounted prices.


Editorial: Opioid crisis needs strong action

The Trump administration hasn’t mentioned money, but it’s going to take billions. Any plans to cut Medicaid will undermine a response to the opioid crisis.


New deals for drugs: No heart attack or your money back

Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for …


Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids

Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors …


Prescribing drugs is good. So is deprescribing.

In 2017, I will try to tip the balance: I will not only try to write fewer prescriptions, I will also try to get more of my patients off their …


‘Strike team’ one strategy as insurers grapple with rapidly rising drug costs

The shocking 400 percent increase in the price of EpiPens was a widely reported example, but the cost of many medications is rising. The trend hits both patients and their …


For Pfizer, bigger as one may be better than smaller with two

For Pfizer, bigger is still better. By deciding not to split in two after a lengthy evaluation, a decision announced Monday, the New York-based drugmaker is keeping greater leverage with …


Medical marijuana reduces prescription drug use, study finds

Patients fill significantly fewer prescriptions for conditions like nausea and pain in states where medical marijuana is available, researchers reported Wednesday in one of the first studies to examine how …


Insider Q&A: A model for more rational drug prices

Rising drug prices are creating anxiety for patients, politicians and physicians across the country, with little relief in sight.


Dr. Zorba Paster: You’re right to be angry about drug pricing

Don’t have to buy costly prescription – as long as you don’t touch it.


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 …


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. …


Jeff Rochon: Regulate the middleman driving up prescription drug costs

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) were designed to control drug pricing, but they’ve become large entities in need of regulation.


Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores

Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2012

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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2012

Montana court postpones Ryan Leaf’s arraignment

Ryan Leaf’s arraignment on charges that the former NFL quarterback broke into two homes in Montana and stole prescription drugs has been postponed.


Batty arrested again for DUI

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David …


US restricts, EU bans controversial diabetes pill

European regulators ordered the diabetes drug Avandia off the market and the Food and Drug Administration placed stringent restrictions on its use in the United States, saying heart attack risks …


Many seniors may be paying too much for drugs

Seniors have until the end of the year to switch Medicare drug plans to get a better deal. But many will pass up the chance to save hundreds of dollars …


State programs aim to monitor prescription use

Each year, Idaho monitors more than a million drug prescriptions, helping the state track some of the most addictive substances in the pharmaceutical industry. But Washington, facing a huge budget …