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An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

America’s opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

The White House has long been expected to issue an executive order on drug costs. But leaked documents show that deliberations have focused on things the industry wants, such as extending overseas patents and changing a drug-discount program for hospitals, and not so much on lowering prices.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

Attorneys general in 37 states urge insurance industry to do more to curb opioid epidemic

On Sunday, ProPublica and The New York Times reported that many insurance companies limit access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The safer drugs are more expensive.

September 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
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