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Navajo cancer center will cut tribal members' travel time

Jun. 27, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe's family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn't want to travel for treatment because he felt better protected within the Navajo Nation's four sacred mountains. McCabe's mother died, too, after...

Louisiana reaches 'Netflix-model' deal to tackle hepatitis C

Jun. 26, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a treatment model it says can cure tens of...

Philadelphia hospital owner announces closure, citing losses

Jun. 26, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The owner of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia announced its closure in September because of what the company called "continuing, unsustainable financial losses." Philadelphia Academic Health System, a subsidiary of American Academic Health System, said Wednesday that...

Mississippi fights lawsuit over reliance on mental hospitals

Jun. 26, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the federal government tries to compel Mississippi to give mentally ill people more options to get the treatment they need in their own communities, the experiences of Harold Biggs and Pamela Kirby offer a sharp contrast. Biggs, 75, has tried for decades to get help for his adult...

North Dakota's abortion clinic sues over 2 laws, including demand to tell women they may reverse medication abortion

Jun. 25, 2019 4:01 PM EDT
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's abortion clinic sues over 2 laws, including demand to tell women they may reverse medication abortion.

AbbVie makes $63B bid for Botox maker Allergan

Jun. 25, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

Facing competition for the world's top-selling drug, AbbVie is jumping on this year's pharmaceutical merger bandwagon with a $63 billion bid for Botox maker Allergan that's meant to spur future growth. Specialty drugmaker AbbVie said Tuesday that adding Allergan's aesthetics products and eye care and other...

Lawyers pause plan to divide any national opioid settlement

Jun. 25, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — State and local governments suing over the toll of a nationwide opioid crisis agree that companies in the drug industry should be held accountable, but they have differences on who should have the power to strike any settlement, and how it should work. Those disputes had been mostly in the...

The Latest: Lawyers pause plan to divide opioid settlement

Jun. 25, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a plan to divide money among local governments in the case of a settlement of lawsuits over the toll of opioids (all times local): 1 p.m. Differences between state and local governments on how to handle any future settlement with the drug industry over the toll of opioids...

Jury awards more than $3M in Michigan bogus epilepsy case

Jun. 24, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded more than $3 million to a woman who was misdiagnosed with epilepsy, one of hundreds of people to accuse a Detroit-area doctor of misreading tests to enrich himself and his employer. Dr. Yasser Awaad was accused of running an "EEG mill," a reference to a test that...

Walgreens to provide drug disposal packets free to customers

Jun. 24, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

Walgreens is making it easier for customers to dispose of unused drugs safely. The drugstore chain said Monday that it will offer at several thousand stores packets that customers can use to turn medications into a useless gel before throwing them away at home. The DisposeRx packets will be available for free at...