CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 |
An armed man who barricaded himself in a La Crescenta Verizon store Friday afternoon first robbed a Rite Aid in the same shopping center, one shopper told The Times. Rachel Belofsky of Sunland and her mother had stopped at the Rite Aid to pick up a few items in what they thought would be a quick trip. When they walked in, Belofsky heard staff calling the police. She went to the pharmacy and said the "pharmacist was shaking" and told her "the guy robbed them for drugs" and ran out of the store.
October 25, 2013 |
Glendale-area residents looking to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted medications can do so anonymously Saturday by dropping them off at various pharmacies. The Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition has teamed up with local and federal law enforcement agencies to organize the drug drop-off sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the area in an effort to curb prescription- drug abuse and theft, the Glendale News-Press reported . In April, local officials collected more than 950 pounds of prescription and nonprescription drugs during a nationwide drug take-back day. Officials are also collecting prescription ointments and medicinal drops.
October 10, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Texas carried out yet another controversial execution Wednesday. Michael Yowell, 43, was put to death by lethal injection about 7 p.m. for killing his parents at their Lubbock home 15 years ago. The drug-fueled attack also left his 89-year-old grandmother dead. Yowell was the 14th inmate executed this year in Texas, the country's most active death penalty state, which has executed more than 500 prisoners . But Yowell did not die like the others. Last month, Texas officials were facing a shortage of the drug used in lethal injections, pentobarbital, after the manufacturer announced that the drug was unsafe for use in lethal injections and restricted its sale.
September 12, 2013 |
CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS is complying with state law. "California's privacy law is stricter than federal law," said Charles Googooian, a La Canada Flintridge lawyer who specializes in medical-privacy issues. "It doesn't seem like CVS is complying with either the spirit or the letter of state law. " CVS has been scrambling to defend its ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program since I recently reported that customers are being required to give up important federal privacy safeguards in return for up to $50 a year in store credits.
June 11, 2013 |
Generic prescription drugs have to meet exacting standards for ingredients and quality, which you'd think would make them uniformly priced at pharmacies. But that, of course, isn't the case. Generic drug prices can be all over the map, depending on where and how you buy them. Bruce Lowther, 45, takes five generic prescription meds daily for a heart condition. He had a heart attack a few years ago. Lowther was paying nearly $370 every three months for supplies of his drugs at Target.
June 3, 2013 |
As the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility. " That applies to physicians when prescribing medications, but it also should apply to pharmacies when they're dispensing medications. In December, after seven years of exams, lectures and rounds, I received my medical license. Finally, I had the power to prescribe medications without the co-signature of my supervisor. "Be careful," she advised, "remember the story of 'once.'" The story of "once" is a cautionary tale that - best as I am able to tell from Google - was adapted from a Spanish soap opera.