Latest Prescription drug costs News

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

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,...

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....

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...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on economy; Dems' selective facts

Sep. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant , shattering all economic records for...