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Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

Dec. 6, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower the...

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional...

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year

Dec. 5, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday. Though modest, it was the first such price drop in 45 years, according to nonpartisan economic...

Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

Dec. 5, 2019 3:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval. Excitement and...

Drug can curb dementia’s delusions, researchers find

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for...

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Dec. 4, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule. The trick: A tiny star-shaped gadget that unfolds in the stomach and gradually...

Marijuana vaping busts on rise; over 500K seized in 2 years

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. From New York City to Nebraska farm country to California, authorities have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two...

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

Dec. 3, 2019 9:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected...

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-Illinois story

Nov. 30, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Michigan and Illinois beginning legal marijuana sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an Illinois company licensed to grow marijuana. It is Revolution Global, not Revolution Enterprises. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

Nov. 30, 2019 4:51 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest. “We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,”...