Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide

U.S. 06/12/19, 15:59

Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication.Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office.Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in ...

Maine legislators OK assisted suicide; bill goes to governor

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:33

The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has not indicated whether she will let it become law. Her office said ...

Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

Sports 05/22/19, 04:22

Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF's testosterone regulations and is refusing to take hormone-reducing medication.Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, says she is affected by the new rules but won't take "any type of medication" to lower ...

Idaho State’s Haley Harrison still fighting off the darkness

Health 05/17/19, 01:20

The darkness rolls in like an invisible fog, draping over every thought, compounding until the internal agony becomes unbearable.Haley Harrison built a facade to mask its clutches, swallowing the mental torment to avoid any appearance of weakness. A senior softball player at Idaho State, she had been taught all her ...

Drugmakers will have to reveal prices in TV ads

Business 05/08/19, 07:32

Drugmakers will be required to reveal the prices of their prescription medicines in those ever present TV ads, the Trump administration is set to announce on Wednesday, even as some insured patients can pay thousands of dollars for critical medications. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told The Associated Press ...

Inspectors pan California prison built to boost inmate care

Health 04/25/19, 17:29

A flagship California prison medical facility built to improve the state's substandard care is itself providing poor treatment including botched diagnoses and haphazard distribution of medications, California's inspector general reported Thursday.Corrections Department Inspector General Roy Wesley on Thursday gave an "inadequate" rating to the Correctional Health Care Facility in Stockton, ...

In health care debate, price control techniques weighed

Health 04/13/19, 09:32

State Rep. Jon Santiago, a Boston emergency room doctor, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes. Conversations with the man's family revealed he had not been keeping up with his insulin — it was too expensive.Mike pulled through, Santiago said. ...

New Jersey enacts law on assisted suicide for terminally ill

Health 04/12/19, 14:33

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication.New Jersey will join six other states and the District of Columbia that have similar laws once it goes into effect in August.Murphy, a Democrat, signed ...

Insulin too pricey? Some options to cut costs for diabetics

Health 04/10/19, 11:16

The skyrocketing price of insulin has some diabetics scrambling to cover the cost of the life-saving medication.Others are skipping doses or using smaller amounts than needed, and sometimes landing in the emergency room, patients and advocates told Congress recently.About 7.4 million Americans use insulin to keep their blood sugar at ...

UnitedHealthcare broadens direct drug rebate program

Business 03/12/19, 07:16

The nation's largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications.Beginning next year, all new employer-sponsored health plan customers that use UnitedHealthcare must give discounts they get for including certain drugs in their lists of covered medications directly to ...

Mind-altering, ketamine-like drug OK’d for severe depression

Treatment 03/05/19, 21:28

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a chemical cousin of ketamine, which has been ...

Update: Pharma CEOs deny tactics to block competition

Health 02/26/19, 12:41

The Latest on top pharmaceutical executives testifying before Senate lawmakers on rising drug prices (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Seven top pharmaceutical executives are telling lawmakers they do not withhold their drugs from potential competitors to stop them from developing cheaper versions. Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Merck & Co., Inc., ...

UMN’s new device could make at-home cancer treatments easier

Tech 02/11/19, 01:05

Hannah Carlin, a fourth-year student studying microbiology, doesn't recall much of her cancer treatment — granted, she was 16 months old at the time of her diagnosis.But her mother, Beth Heinz, certainly does."You're not guaranteed anything in life. You're not guaranteed a lifetime with your children," Heinz said to The ...

Trump plan would channel prescription discounts to patients

Politics 01/31/19, 17:02

The Trump administration says it is moving ahead with a plan to channel behind-the-scenes prescription drug discounts directly to consumers. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday his proposed regulation would encourage drugmakers, middlemen and insurers to provide any such discounts to consumers when they purchase their prescriptions. Drugmakers don't ...

Proposed changes on Medicare drugs, but would costs go down?

Health 11/26/18, 17:06

The Trump administration is proposing changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect people's costs over the next few years. Officials say their goal is to lower costs and modernize Medicare, the government health insurance program that covers about 60 million seniors and disabled people. Some proposals could create winners ...

Family of singer Chris Cornell sues doctor over his death

Entertainment 11/01/18, 13:54

Family members of Chris Cornell are suing a doctor they say overprescribed drugs to the rock singer, leading to his death.Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, and others sued Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Robert Koblin (KOHB'-linn) was negligent in prescribing the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam and other ...

Trump says goal of new proposal is lower some US drug prices

Politics 10/26/18, 00:38

Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications."We are taking aim at the global ...

Senate panel: NY needs addiction treatment professionals

New York 10/25/18, 03:17

A New York state Senate panel is recommending the state do more to recruit and train health care professionals who work with recovering addicts. That's one of 11 recommendations included in a report issued Wednesday by the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Other suggestions include more monitoring of opioid ...

Amgen slashes price of $14,000-a-year cholesterol drug

Health 10/24/18, 17:47

The maker of an expensive cholesterol drug is slashing the list price, which should make it more affordable for patients.Amgen Inc. said Wednesday it is immediately cutting the price of Repatha by 60 percent, from about $14,000 to $5,850 per year.The move could help boost Amgen's 60 percent share in ...

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