March 2, 2004 |
The Bush administration on Monday announced a new effort to fight illegal diversion and abuse of painkillers, sedatives and other prescription drugs, a problem that has grown over the last decade. Officials said they would boost the number of state prescription monitoring programs, which can detect "doctor shoppers" who redeem prescriptions from multiple physicians. They also would target Internet pharmacies that provide controlled substances illegally.
March 7, 2013 |
Diane Shattuck filled a prescription in December for a generic antibiotic called doxycycline. With insurance, she paid $4.30 for 60 pills at a CVS store in Orange. She returned at the end of February to refill her prescription. This time, she was told her cost for the drug would be about $165. "It was bizarre," Shattuck, 73, told me. "And no one at CVS could explain why the price was so high. " Unfortunately, I won't be able to offer a clear-cut answer, either. But my effort to untangle Shattuck's situation cast a harsh light on the shadowy world of drug pricing.
August 8, 2004 |
For many travelers crossing the border to Mexico, the lower prices of prescription drugs are just too tempting to resist, despite the recent imprisonment of U.S. citizens who bought drugs in Mexico and last month's warning from the Food and Drug Administration about counterfeit drugs in Mexico. Raymond Lindell, a 66-year-old Phoenix retiree, was arrested in May on charges of buying 270 Valium pills without a Mexican prescription at a Mexican pharmacy in Nogales.
October 27, 2000 |
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.
November 10, 2000 |
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.
October 25, 1994 |
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.
February 15, 2005 |
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.
April 2, 1991 |
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 |
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 |
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.