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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
Middlemen who save $$ on medicines — but maybe not for you

Middlemen who save $$ on medicines — but maybe not for you

Pharmacy benefit managers — companies that are often unnoticed and even less understood by most consumers — hold an important place in the prescription drug-pricing pipeline. In this video, Kaiser Health News details the emergence of these multimillion-dollar corporations and the impact they have on medication costs and patients’ access to these treatments.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More