Latest Prescription drug costs News

Opioid makers' latest legal woe: West Virginia handyman

Oct. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A small home-improvement company in West Virginia is taking on the nation's opioid giants in a lawsuit blaming the drugmakers for a rise in insurance costs. The handymen at Al Marino Inc. filed the federal class-action suit last week in U.S. District Court against Purdue Pharma,...

Group calls for reform amid rises in prescription drug costs

Oct. 8, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic governor is facing calls for action as prescription drug costs rise. AARP is pushing across the country for reform and announced Tuesday that its new analysis of federal survey data shows one in five New York adult residents stopped taking medication as prescribed...

Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All

Oct. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Democrats of an all-out attempt to “totally obliterate Medicare” and portrayed himself as the program’s defender as he signed a directive to expand the program’s private insurance options. Trump skipped past...

Trump and Pelosi aides talk drug costs despite impeachment

Oct. 1, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the impeachment battle rumbled, senior White House and Democratic aides sat down Tuesday to discuss details of drug pricing legislation, officials on both sides said. Passing a law to curb prescription drug prices remains a top policy priority for President Donald Trump and House...

Judge: Treatment of Tennessee inmates with hep C improving

Oct. 1, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville ruled this week that Tennessee's treatment of prisoners with hepatitis C is not grossly inadequate but warned the state to make good on its promises to treat more patients more quickly. In a Monday ruling, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw noted that...

Can Washington deliver on drug costs amid impeachment probe?

Sep. 29, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of people may get sidelined now that House Democrats have begun an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Proposals had been moving in Congress, but there are more ways for the process to break down than to succeed....

Some North Dakotans turn to Canada for prescription pills

Sep. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Roger Roehl four years ago found the "silver bullet" for leukemia — a medication called Gleevec. Roehl, of Mandan, was 64 years old and had a state health insurance plan that covered the life-saving medication minus a $10 copay. But when he turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare,...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

Will combo pill catch on in US to prevent heart attacks?

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. Experts said the study may draw U.S. interest to a strategy that has...

Audit questions how anti-crime tax money was spent

Sep. 18, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An audit has found that millions of dollars generated by a Kansas City-area anti-drug and violence sales tax has been spent on unrelated expenses. The report released Wednesday found that the amount of revenue the 30-year-old COMBAT sales tax was expected to generate was chronically...