- The Latest: Kansas budget fix includes extra hospital funds Updated: May-01-16 1:21 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):
- Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 pm
Valeant Pharmaceuticals resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by finally filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June.
- Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales Updated: Apr-28-16 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.
- Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics Updated: Apr-27-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics.
- House OKs $38.8B general spending bill with more for roads Updated: Apr-27-16 7:12 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would spend more on road construction, expanded health coverage for the poor and a criminal investigation into Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis under a $38.8 billion general budget bill approved Wednesday by the House.
- Pfizer agrees to $785M settlement in drug discount case Updated: Apr-27-16 2:03 pm
BOSTON - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $785 million to resolve allegations that one of its companies failed to give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private purchasers of a heartburn treatment, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
- Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon Updated: Apr-26-16 6:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.
- Troopers investigate fundraising for girl who was not sick Updated: Apr-26-16 4:56 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - An online fundraising effort that took in $6,110 to pay medical expenses of a Fairbanks girl was taken down after the website creator said she learned the girl was not sick.
- Breakthrough cholesterol drugs fizzle amid price pushback Updated: Apr-20-16 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON - When a powerful pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs first hit the market last summer, initial excitement in the medical community quickly turned to panic.
- Study finds wide medical procedure cost disparities in Maine Updated: Apr-20-16 12:57 pm
YARMOUTH, Maine - A study released by a conservative advocacy group has shown wide disparities in what Maine providers charge for the same medical procedures.
- Ohio judge dismisses suit from backers of drug-price plan Updated: Apr-19-16 1:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio's elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.
- Inslee signs supplemental budget, includes wildfire money Updated: Apr-18-16 7:45 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a supplemental budget on Monday that puts more money into the state's mental health hospitals, pays for the cost of last summer's devastating wildfires and spares the state auditor's office from a budget cut.
- Bethel considers more than tripling cost of health care Updated: Apr-16-16 2:26 pm
BETHEL, Alaska - Bethel is considering raising the cost of health care for city employees by more than $100 a month in hopes of cutting down on a general fund deficit.
- New tests for choosing right hep C drug could save money Updated: Apr-14-16 5:45 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New tests designed to help doctors pick the right hepatitis C medicine for patients could mean faster cures and lower costs.
- Illinois doctor accused of importing unapproved cancer drugs Updated: Apr-14-16 4:53 pm
CHICAGO - An Illinois doctor may lose her license for allegedly putting unknowing patients at risk by giving them cheap, imported cancer drugs in violation of federal law.
- Report: US medicine spending up 8.5 percent 2015 Updated: Apr-14-16 2:05 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.
- Valeant CEO agrees to be deposed in Senate drug price probe Updated: Apr-13-16 12:55 pm
The chief executive of embattled Valeant Pharmaceuticals, J. Michael Pearson, has agreed to be deposed by a Senate committee investigating the causes of soaring prescription medicine prices.
- Powell, Cody and Lovell hospitals work together Updated: Apr-13-16 2:05 am
POWELL, Wyoming - This is a tough time for rural hospitals.
- Birth control coverage bill dies in state Senate committee Updated: Apr-11-16 5:32 pm
DENVER - A bill intended to expand women's access to no-cost birth control options under the Affordable Care Act has failed in a state Senate committee.
- Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers Updated: Apr-11-16 10:01 am
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- Medicare payment plan on cancer drugs sparks furious battle Updated: Apr-10-16 8:20 am
WASHINGTON - A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor's office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment.
- Jury acquits white ex-deputy in black suspect's 2014 beating Updated: Apr-09-16 3:14 pm
OCALA, Florida - An all-white federal jury has found a white Florida sheriff's deputy not guilty in the beating of an unarmed black man who was being arrested.
- Medicaid copay bills stall amid health provider opposition Updated: Apr-07-16 7:20 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Proposals to charge Medicaid patients copays for some health care services and prescription drugs have fizzled in the Louisiana Legislature, including a measure backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
- NY study shows avoidable emergency room costs Updated: Apr-06-16 4:27 pm
ALBANY, New York - A New York health insurer's study shows 10 common conditions like sinus infections and sprains represented more than 2 million visits to hospital emergency rooms statewide and cost about $1.3 billion in 2013.
- FDA approves 1st cheaper version of J&J's top drug Remicade Updated: Apr-05-16 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials have approved a cheaper version of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster drug, Remicade, a pricey biotech medicine for inflammatory diseases.