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October 29, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County jury Thursday convicted Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion and a psychiatrist of conspiring to provide powerful prescription drugs to the model for several years before her fatal overdose in 2007. The jury acquitted a third defendant ? one of Smith's doctors ? of all charges. The panel deliberated for more than two weeks before convicting Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich on two counts each of conspiring to obtain controlled substances by fraud and by providing false names.
September 28, 1998 | SHARI ROAN
* What is your co-payment? * Does the co-payment vary depending on whether you take a generic or brand-name medication? * Does the plan have a formulary, or approved list of drugs? * May I see the formulary list? * What if I need a drug not on the formulary? Is it available, and if so, what is required to obtain it? * What happens if the plan drops a medication I'm taking from its formulary? * Are there restrictions on where I can purchase medications?
February 12, 1988 | SHAV GLICK
A large dose of a prescription drug, not an illegal drug, caused race car driver Tim Richmond to test positive in his substance abuse test last week, NASCAR officials said Thursday night. "Pseudoephedrine, a drug normally used for allergies and respiratory conditions, was found in the urine sample submitted by Tim Richmond on Thursday, Feb. 4," said a report from NASCAR drug adviser Dr. Forest S. Tennant, who tested Richmond's urine samples.
October 20, 2000
Police have arrested three Los Alamitos High School students for allegedly supplying classmates with prescription painkillers. Officials believe some of those pills caused three students to pass out in class Wednesday morning. A 17-year-old Cypress boy was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of distributing a controlled substance, Los Alamitos Police Capt. Todd Mattern said.
May 5, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council took a key step Wednesday toward creating a prescription drug discount program for residents, a victory for the plan's author, Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa. The mayoral candidate has been stung by frequent criticism from Mayor James K. Hahn that he has done little in his two years on the council, but with 12 days left in the campaign, Villaraigosa has an important legislative accomplishment in his pocket.
The prescription drug ads that regularly air on television and appear in magazines pitch medicines directly to consumers, a strategy that the drug industry says educates Americans about various medications. But after studying 320 of the ads, published from 1989 through 1998 in 18 magazines from BusinessWeek to Vogue, a scientific team reports that in addition to failing to educate, most don't explain the basics and some cleverly obscure facts about the products they promote.
March 2, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
August 8, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
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 | 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.
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.
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