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Stories with subject: Health issues
  • new storyTuring reneges on drug price cut, rival's version sells well story has photos
    Updated: Nov-26-15 8:49 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine's price more than fifty-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price.

  • Cities can buy overdose reversal drug at discounted rate 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:25 pm

    BOSTON - Massachusetts cities and towns can begin purchasing the overdose reversal drug naloxone at a discounted rate.

  • Woman with late-stage cancer to get medical marijuana card 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:30 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

  • Correction: Cannabis Oil-Obstacles story 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:51 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - In a story Nov. 22 about efforts to make cannabis oil available to treat epilepsy in Missouri, The Associated Press erroneously reported that neurosurgeons can certify patients to receive the oil. Only Neurologists can do so.

  • State delays change Medicaid coverage of back pain treatment 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:42 pm

    BEND, Oregon - The Oregon Health Authority is delaying the rollout of changes to the state's Medicaid program that would allow patients to seek alternatives to painkillers and surgery to cope with back pain.

  • NY declares victory in Alzheimer's drug antitrust lawsuit 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:20 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York's attorney general is dropping an antitrust lawsuit against a drug manufacturer after his office blocked what he alleged was an attempt to force Alzheimer's patients to switch to a newer patented drug instead of cheaper generic alternatives.

  • Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 4:19 pm

    CHICAGO - Two Libertarian political candidates have asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from the state's new medical marijuana industry.

  • Correction: Legal Marijuana story 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:09 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - In a story Nov. 15 about New Jersey debating legalizing marijuana, The Associated Press reported erroneously on who must pay a $200 fee to register with the state's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, not patients and doctors.

  • Correction: Medical Marijuana story 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:09 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - In a story March 26 about New Jersey's medical marijuana program, The Associated Press reported erroneously on who must pay a $200 fee to register with the state's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, not patients and doctors.

  • $160B deal to combine Pfizer and Allergan raises outcry story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 4:57 pm

    A $160 billion deal announced Monday to merge Pfizer and Allergan and create the world's biggest drug company renewed the outcry in Washington over "inversions," in which U.S. corporations combine with companies overseas to lower their tax bill.

  • Only 23 apply for New Hampshire's medical marijuana program 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 2:08 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Department of Health and Human Services officials say only 23 New Hampshire residents have applied for the state's medical marijuana program since pre-registration opened on Nov. 2.

  • La Pine's medical pot tax expected to face lawsuit 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 12:06 pm

    LA PINE, Oregon - The city of La Pine's tax on medical marijuana might be illegal.

  • 19 Whatcom County businesses apply to sell medical marijuana 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 8:16 am

    BELLINGHAM, Washington - The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering applications from 19 businesses that want to sell medical marijuana in Whatcom County.

  • Riverton City Council rejects legalizing medical marijuana 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:49 pm

    RIVERTON, Wyoming - The Riverton City Council is refusing to support the legalization of medical marijuana in Wyoming because of marijuana's effect on young people.

  • Swing state Colorado mulls universal health care proposal 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:19 pm

    DENVER - A new plan for government-run health care that covers everyone is coming from a surprising corner: Colorado, a politically moderate swing state where Republicans and Democrats often share control of state government.

  • New $710-a-day drug saves lives but strains state budgets 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 10:21 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag - about $710 per patient per day.

  • Experts foresee big premium increases for Medicare drug plan 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 9:52 am

    WASHINGTON - With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.

  • Kidney donor connection made after misplaced Craigslist ad 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 1:16 pm

    BERLIN, New Jersey - A misplaced Craigslist ad has brought together a woman in need of a kidney transplant and a donor who had lost his wife to kidney failure.

  • Court: No immunity for medical marijuana users under DUI law 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 4:28 pm

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that medical marijuana cardholders don't have immunity from prosecution under a state DUI law that prohibits drivers from having in their bodies any amount of marijuana or its chemical compound that causes impairment.

  • Springfield bank gets contract to process marijuana taxes 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 3:47 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A Springfield bank will process Illinois sales taxes from cash medical marijuana purchases after submitting the only bid for the contract.

  • Obama administration sets stage for a debate on drug costs story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 1:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration set the stage Friday for a national debate on the rising cost of prescription drugs, a pressing issue for voters but one that's unlikely to see quick solutions under a lame-duck president facing an opposition Congress.

  • UnitedHealth cuts outlook, casts doubt on overhaul exchanges story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 4:48 pm

    The nation's largest health insurer is questioning its future in public insurance exchanges, the latest signal of major concerns about the online marketplaces that have helped the Affordable Care Act extend coverage to millions of people.

  • Think tank seeks to expand research on medical marijuana 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 7:49 am

    COLCHESTER, Vermont - A Vermont think tank is working to develop new technologies aimed toward researching and exploring the uses of medical marijuana products.

  • Legal experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:48 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky business nearly a year after a Justice Department policy indicated they could grow and sell pot under the same guidelines as states.

  • Utah panel endorses expanding use of marijuana extract oil 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 6:19 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A proposal to allow Utah residents to use oil extracted from marijuana to treat more ailments, including cancer and HIV, received an early vote of support Wednesday from some state lawmakers.