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Michigan will cut marijuana licensing fees in 19 cities

Jul. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is cutting licensing fees for would-be marijuana business in 19 cities whose residents were disproportionately impacted by the drug war. The state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced details of its "social equity" program Thursday, per a requirement in the recreational...

Jail using medicine to help inmates addicted to drugs

Jun. 29, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The "dope boys" hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They'll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you've used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily evaporate. "In...

Future is in doubt for cheaper versions of biologic drugs

Jun. 27, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — They were the drugs that were supposed to save the U.S. tens of billions of dollars. Called "biosimilars," they are near-copies of complex and expensive biologic drugs to treat cancer, rare diseases and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. But U.S. sales have...

New drug to boost women's sex drive approved in US

Jun. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for several hours. The medication OK'd Friday by the Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase...

Marijuana health claims lure patients as science catches up

Jun. 11, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an...

TSA allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana

May. 28, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has changed its cannabis policy to allow passengers to travel with some forms of CBD oil and a drug derived from marijuana that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in carry-on...

At $2M, priciest ever medicine treats fatal genetic disease

May. 24, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years. The treatment is priced at $2.125 million. Out-of-pocket costs for patients will vary based on...