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NEWS
October 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Thursday blocked Maine's pioneering law aimed at cutting the cost of prescriptions with the threat of price controls, saying it would probably be tossed out as unconstitutional. The preliminary injunction granted by Judge D. Brock Hornby prevents the state from enforcing the law pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents about 100 drug companies.
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NEWS
November 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
The state of Maine on Thursday appealed a federal court ruling blocking its new drug pricing law that would allow it to control the cost of prescription drugs for uninsured and underinsured residents. The first-in-the-nation law would require drug makers to negotiate rebates with the state similar to the deals they cut with the federal government. Companies that refuse could find their products excluded from a list of drugs prescribed for residents enrolled in federal health insurance plans.
NEWS
October 25, 1994 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you read TV Guide, People or other publications, you've probably spotted the trend: Ads that urge you to ask your doctor about a specific prescription drug. They seem to be popping up everywhere. Most often advertised are treatments for chronic conditions such as arthritis and allergies. Until recently, these ads were likely to be seen mainly in medical or trade journals.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. prescription drug sales rose 8.3% in 2004, the smallest gain in nine years, hurt by Merck & Co.'s recall of Vioxx and over-the-counter versions of ulcer medicines such as AstraZeneca's Prilosec. Sales increased to $235.4 billion from $217.3 billion in 2003, said IMS Health Inc., a Fairfield, Conn.-based tracker of prescription-drug data. Among other factors crimping growth were a mild flu season, higher consumer co-payments for medicines and safety concerns about antidepressants, IMS said.
NEWS
April 2, 1991 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Tighter prescription controls proposed for some powerful drugs, including popular medications for anxiety and sleep disorders, have some lawmakers at odds with medical and pharmaceutical groups. Increased government scrutiny of dispensing certain drugs will help reduce abuse and illegal use, authors of several bills contend. But doctors, pharmacists and drug companies say the tighter regulations would make it harder for people who legitimately need medication to obtain it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
The first swap meet vendor in the state charged with selling black market prescription drugs pleaded no contest Thursday to selling dangerous drugs to a Northridge woman whose ailing toddler later died. The Los Angeles city attorney's office, which filed the charges against Santa Elba Hernandez in June, vowed to use the case to push for closer state monitoring of such sales at swap meets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The illegal drugs were stashed under a counter near the cash register in a cramped meat market in Cypress Park, police said. The undercover officer didn't utter a secret code word. He simply said he needed something for a cold. According to police, the man behind the counter handed the officer a few tablets of ampicillin, an antibiotic that by law can be prescribed only by a doctor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The illegal drugs were stashed under a counter near the cash register in a cramped meat market in Cypress Park, police said. The undercover officer didn't speak a secret code word. He simply said he needed something for a cold. According to police, the man behind the counter then handed the officer a few tablets of ampicillin, an antibiotic that by law can be prescribed only by a doctor.
NEWS
July 27, 1988 | NOEL K. WILSON, Times Staff Writer
The State Board of Equalization joined forces with the Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday in a plan to tax pharmacists suspected of selling codeine, Valium and other prescription drugs to street peddlers. The plan, which state officials say is the first of its kind in the nation, will tax pharmacists up to 40% of the value of suspected drug sales even before the state can prove conclusively that illegal sales are taking place. The stepped up enforcement is to begin immediately.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2003 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Saturday renewed his effort to rally support for giving seniors a prescription drug benefit under a reformed Medicare system, an issue likely to figure prominently in his reelection bid next year. In his weekly radio address, Bush touted "a growing consensus" in Congress for a strengthened Medicare system that, for the first time, would include coverage of prescription drugs. "We have a tremendous opportunity to reform Medicare and help our seniors," he said.
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