Latest Medication News

In this undated photo provided by Civica, Inc., former drug industry executive Martin VanTrieste poses for a photo. VanTrieste, who came out of retirement to run Civica without a salary, recently spoke with the Associated Press. (Purple Moss Photography/Civica, Inc. via AP)

Hospital group fights drug shortages by making needed meds

Jan. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EST

U.S. hospitals fed up with shortages of critical medicines — mostly generic drugs that aren’t profitable — have banded together. Seven hospital systems and three philanthropies formed nonprofit CivicaRx in 2018 to produce what they need. The group now includes 1,200 hospitals nationwide...

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Jan. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker and leading advocate of marijuana legalization pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors, including work relevant to the pot industry. Cheryl...

This Oct. 21, 2019, photo shows Johnson's Baby Aloe & Vitamin E Powder in Salt Lake City. Johnson & Johnson reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Johnson & Johnson posts higher sales, big 4Q profit jump

Jan. 22, 2020 10:46 AM EST

Higher prescription drug sales and lower legal costs drove Johnson & Johnson's fourth-quarter profit 32% higher. The world's biggest maker of health care products on Wednesday reported net income of $4.01 billion, or $1.50 per share. That's up from $3.04 billion, or $1.12, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings...

This Dec. 18, 2019 photo shows generic acetaminophen capsules in Santa Ana, Calif.  A fight is coming to California over whether to list acetaminophen,  one of the world's most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles for things like alcohol and coffee. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

California considers declaring common pain killer carcinogen

Jan. 21, 2020 10:54 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world's most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as paracetamol and used to treat...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

This photo  taken by an aerial survey team for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows an injured right whale calf swimming alongside its mother about 8 miles off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Conservationists say the newborn right whale was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species.  ( Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission via AP)

Wounded baby whale gets antibiotic shot to improve grim odds

Jan. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists succeeded in giving an antibiotic shot to a badly injured newborn whale they have been tracking off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, hoping to improve what experts stressed Thursday remain grim odds for the endangered sea animal. A crew of trained specialists got close...

The Latest: Democratic debate ends with talk of hope for '20

Jan. 14, 2020 11:30 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the January Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Six Democratic presidential candidates have wrapped up their final debate before primary voting begins with talk of hope, defeating President Donald Trump and bringing a divided nation back...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters at his Capitol office, in Sacramento, Calif. California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label. Newsom announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, he wants California to contract with generic drug companies to make prescription medications on behalf of the state so it can sell them to the public. He said the goal is to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic market. State lawmakers must approve the plan before it can take effect. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California could be 1st state to sell own prescription drugs

Jan. 9, 2020 8:40 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could become the first state to make its own prescription drugs under a proposal announced Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who says it would “take the power out of the hands of greedy pharmaceutical companies." The Democratic governor wants the nation's most...

In this undated photo provided by Camden Coalition, its staff members discuss patient engagement. Results published in New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, show that after six months, readmission rates were the same for those in the program and others given usual care. Researchers say more effort must focus on homelessness and addiction, which complicate medical care. (Camden Coalition via AP)

Program meant to curb repeat hospital stays fails big test

Jan. 8, 2020 9:18 PM EST

Researchers thought they had a way to keep hard-to-treat patients from constantly returning to the hospital and racking up big medical bills. Health workers visited homes, went along to doctor appointments, made sure medicines were available and tackled social problems including homelessness, addiction and mental...

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 cannabis plants are harvested in a hothouse at Hennops, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Now that South Africa's courts have relaxed laws against marijuana, the country's cannabis production is poised to become a multi-bullion dollar business. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa's black farmers fight to enter marijuana market

Jan. 8, 2020 4:09 AM EST

HENNOPS, South Africa (AP) — Stacks of bright green cannabis plants, freshly harvested from nearby hothouses, are expertly sorted on a lab table by workers wearing hygienic gloves and caps who snip the leaves and buds and put them in bins for further processing. Druid's Garden in Hennops, about 20 miles...