Stories tagged: prescriptions
UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 12:33 p.m.
The Trump administration says the government’s employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall.
UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 5:02 p.m.
Amazon is adding a new way to get your packages: head over to another store’s sales counter to pick it up.
UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.
UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 3:51 p.m.
Drugstore chain CVS Health has agreed to pay a $535,000 penalty to resolve federal allegations that it filled 39 prescriptions for narcotic medications that its pharmacists knew were forged.
Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
As Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration aim to lower prescription drug costs, outside groups like the Alliance for Patient Access are seeking to sway the outcome. But not all …
UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:34 p.m.
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.
UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:50 p.m.
Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs – but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report released Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing …
UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 2:39 p.m.
A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs – found that he and a rival physician …
Thu., April 19, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …
Tue., March 27, 2018, 11:02 p.m.
Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 7:29 p.m.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
Western states lead way towards making access to birth control easier and cheaper.
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 …