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NC drug takeback nets 38,000 pounds of unused prescriptions

Nov. 13, 2019 7:55 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say people in North Carolina turned in more than 38,000 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs for disposal at a drug take-back event held around the state. The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative has operated for a...

Massachusetts Senate to debate prescription drug price bill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:20 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate legislation that Democratic leaders say will address the soaring cost of prescription drugs. This legislation would create a process to help identify drug price thresholds that supporters of the bill say pose a public health risk. The bill would also...

White House and Pelosi part ways on relief for drug prices

Nov. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday signaled President Donald Trump's blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Her office's sharp retort: "Working people won't like it if he sells them out." Despite the House impeachment inquiry, the White...

1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills

Nov. 4, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday. The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes...

Pharmacy suspension lifted in drug-ravaged West Virginia

Nov. 3, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has lifted the suspension of a West Virginia pharmacy's ability to dispense prescription drugs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin last week lifted the suspension against Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy that U.S. Attorney Mike...

Vermont sets record on Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Oct. 31, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials say Vermonters turned in more than 3.5 tons of unwanted, unused and expired medications on the 18th nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The office of Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday that the 6,734 pounds of medications collected at more than 60 sites...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 30 The Times and Democrat on returning unused prescription drugs: Oct. 26 was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a time to safely dispose of medicines that are no longer needed. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-inspired event featured...

Vaping devices now being accepted on Drug Take Back Day

Oct. 26, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

More than medication is being collected during Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. For the first time, vaping devices and cartridges also are being accepted for disposal. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says the change stemmed from concerns across about illnesses and death associated...

Collection sites available for expired, leftover medications

Oct. 26, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois and federal officials are encouraging people to bring expired and unused prescription drugs to collection sites. Saturday marks the Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide "Drug Take Back Day." Only pills or patches can be accepted, not liquids or needles. A list of collection...

Drug drop-off boxes will be open across Ohio on Saturday

Oct. 25, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio agencies says there will be hundreds of sites open on Saturday where residents can get rid of old or unwanted prescription drugs. It's all part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Many hospitals, police stations and law enforcement agencies will be taking part. Some are...