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Washington and other western states try to tame homegrown marijuana

Washington and other western states try to tame homegrown marijuana

Regulators in Washington, Oregon and Colorado are trying to tame what has proven to be an unruly crop of home growers. The biggest concern is that outsized home growers may be selling their produce across state lines.

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Scientific evidence supporting an absolute need to immunize against meningitis B still falls short. The risk of contracting it is smaller than that of being involved in a car crash. But the headlines prompted by those 13 campus cases — which resulted in one death and one double amputation — helped reshape the financial prospects for a vaccine.

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
War on opioids moves to veterinarians’ offices

War on opioids moves to veterinarians’ offices

Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians’ offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

The opioid epidemic is touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly being shuttled through the foster care system, unable to stay at home even as their parents struggle to get clean.

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

Martinsville drugstores sell enough Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and other opioid painkillers to medicate every man, woman and child in the city for 136 days, nearly seven times the national average.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

Overdoses were predominantly related to heroin. The youngest reported was 16 and the oldest was 52, with half of the overdoses being 21-30 years old.

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter.

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

For people who take multiple medications to manage chronic conditions, traipsing back and forth from the pharmacy to pick up pills can make it harder to stick to their doctors’ orders.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

In April, Gundy’s child, who is on private insurance, began getting the drug Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the initial year of treatment. Chaffin’s child — a Medicaid enrollee — was not receiving the drug, as his state regulators debated whether to offer it to children like him who use ventilators to breathe.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More