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NC Senate OKs parental consent for children's virus vaccine

Aug. 03, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Young people would need parental permission now before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina legislation approved unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill, which now must return to the House for consideration, contains a parent...

RI man pleads no contest to felony perjury, avoids prison

Jul. 30, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials say a member of a New England crime family has reached a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time for allegedly lying about his role as an illegal “silent partner” in a medical cannabis business. Raymond Jenkins pleaded no contest...

Eastern Idaho police warn of dangerous, fake pain killers

Jul. 30, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Police in eastern Idaho are warning residents that counterfeit pain pills laced with a dangerous synthetic opioid have been found in the region. The Pocatello Police Department said a bag of about 3,000 pills that contained fentanyl — but that...

FDA allows automatic 'generic' swap for brand-name insulin

Jul. 29, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

U.S. regulators took action Wednesday that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. Doctors now have to specifically prescribe what’s called a biosimilar or OK substituting it for a more expensive brand-name insulin. ...

Hosemann pushes health care, jobs in Neshoba Fair speech

Jul. 28, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators will hold hearings this fall to examine how to make health care more accessible and affordable, and all options could be considered, Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Wednesday. “The time for simply saying...

Rhode Island medical marijuana lottery delayed for appeal

Jul. 28, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State regulators say the lottery to award licenses to operate six new medical marijuana facilities has been delayed due to an ongoing appeal of a rejected lottery applicant. The administrative appeal first delayed the lottery in the spring and...

Pfizer hikes 2021 outlook after vaccine boosts sales, profit

Jul. 28, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

Strong sales of its COVID-19 vaccine and other medicines helped Pfizer nearly double its second-quarter revenue and boost its profit an impressive 59%, beating Wall Street expectations and leading the drug giant to sharply hike its 2021 sales and profit forecasts. Amid...

Kansas doctor loses license in health care kickback scheme

Jul. 28, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A Leawood physician has surrendered his medical license after admitting that he told a drug company he would not sell one of their products unless he was hired for more speaking engagements. Dr. Steven M. Simon gave up his medical license this...

Group seeks legislation to legalize recreational pot in Ohio

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-marijuana group said it will submit signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Tuesday in an effort to have the Republican-led Legislature legalize recreational marijuana. Attorney Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the Coalition to...

Never too late: Cancer centers push patients to quit smoking

Jul. 26, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

When cancer patients stop smoking, they heal faster, experience fewer side effects from treatment and lower their chances of tumors returning. Now, top cancer hospitals are helping patients quit as evidence mounts that it’s never too late. The newest research, reported...