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May 16, 2019 - 7:36 pm
The flurry of legal actions against the company that makes OxyContin is intensifying. The Idaho Attorney General's Office sent notices last week to Purdue Pharma and lawyers for the Sackler family, which owns the Connecticut-based drugmaker, that it intends to take legal action against them. The...
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May 16, 2019 - 5:41 am
A new release from WalletHub, "Drug Use by State: 2019’s Problem Areas," shows that Kansas is in relatively good position when it comes to drug policy. Kansas ranked in the bottom five, which is a good thing for this ranking," says WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez. "It ranked 48th out of all 50...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a federal judge is siding with public health groups in their effort to force the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing the health effects of e-cigarettes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
May 15, 2019 - 8:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing...
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This Aug. 17, 2017 photo provided by Wendy Gomez, fourth from left, in April 2019 shows her wife, Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa, third from left, with their children and stepchildren on their wedding day in New York. Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City ICU, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Doctors had urged the 38-year-old mother to move _ other states have more organs to go around. But she couldn't afford to. (Latisha Ozuna/Wendy Gomez via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 11:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules aim to change how donated livers are distributed so that fewer people die waiting for a transplant, but they come amid a fierce fight over fairness. Where you live makes a difference in how sick you must be to get a transplant. Beginning Tuesday, the transplant system...
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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2018, file photo a person uses a soda fountain dispenser at the Back Bowl bowling alley in Eagle, Colo. A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales but whether they influence health remains unclear. The new results were published Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
May 14, 2019 - 11:46 am
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in...
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May 13, 2019 - 11:44 am
Kansas has joined 42 other states and Puerto Rico in a federal lawsuit alleging that large manufacturers of generic drugs have conspired to artificially inflate prices. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the state's participation Monday. The states filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, University of Pittsburgh pharmacy student Alexandria Taylor prepares syringes during a free measles vaccination clinic by the Allegheny County Health Department at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA in Pittsburgh. On Monday, May 13, 2019, U.S. health officials say the year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, in a growing tally that already is the nation’s highest in 25 years. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 9:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say this year's count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation's highest in 25 years. A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year. The Centers...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file phtooHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Azar says drugmakers will soon have to reveal prices of their prescription medicines in those ever-present TV ads. The Trump administration will issue final regulations on May 8 requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply. Azar tells The Associated Press if drugmakers are scared to put prices in ads that means they should lower those prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 08, 2019 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those ever-present TV ads for prescription drugs will soon carry prices, too, the nation's top health official said Wednesday, responding to a public outcry for government action to restrain medication costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump...
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May 03, 2019 - 6:58 pm
A health department in southwest Kansas says a prankster spoofed its number to falsely notify people that they may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The Finney County Health Department said in a Facebook post that the calls are "NOT FROM US!" The post says the department would never...
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May 02, 2019 - 10:58 am
U.S. Army veteran Dan Rose never thought he'd stand, let alone walk, on his own two feet again after an IED blast in southern Afghanistan severed his spine. Watch the latest video at
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