pharmaceuticals

Mail boxes are seen in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
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On August 3, Zach Matheny’s blood thinning medication was filled at his pharmacy, and sent out for delivery via the U.S. Postal Service. It never arrived.

A pharmacist holds a bottle of the drug hydroxychloroquine in Oakland, California
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The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has reversed course on banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, after pushback from Gov. Mike DeWine.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Former billionaire and pharmaceutical executive John Kapoor has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison. His sentencing is the culmination of a months-long criminal trial in Boston's Moakley U.S. Courthouse that resulted in the first successful prosecution of pharmaceutical executives tied to the opioid epidemic.

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Nov 4, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine delayed execution dates again last week for two death-row inmates as the state continues its search for a pharmaceutical company willing to sell drugs for use in executions.

It marks the first time in three years Ohio will not hold any executions in a calendar year.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the death penalty in Ohio, and more. 

 

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A federal judge on Monday stopped a Trump administration initiative that would have required drugmakers to reveal the sticker price of their drugs in television ads.

Under the rule, if a medicine's list price was more than $35 a month, it would have to be stated during the commercial. The challenge, opponents say, is that a drug's list price and estimates of what people can expect to pay vary widely depending on coverage.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 14, 2019
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 Republican Governor Mike DeWine was officially sworn into office today, shortly after midnight. He replaced two-term Republican Governor John Kasich.  Today on All Sides, inauguration day, DeWine’s cabinet and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable.

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A new study by the consumer website GoodRx has found that the cost for prescriptions can vary videly, even in the same state. 

Cleveland pharmacy prices were 2.5 percent above the national average while Columbus prices were nearly 22 percent below the average.  

Today on Wellness Wednesday, how and why drugs are priced differently in different cities and states.

Also, the growing science of gene editing, and who should check their bone density numbers -- and when. 

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A Discussion on the "Right To Try" Bill

Jun 5, 2018
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President Trump signed the ‘Right To Try’ drug bill last week, allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. We discuss the key features of the bill and also have a conversation with a proponent and opponent of it.

The Costs of Prescription Drugs

Apr 5, 2018
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President Trump has claimed American drug companies are "getting away with murder," based on the rising costs of their products. Factors such as a lack of transparency and a powerful lobbying presence have allowed pharmaceutical companies to maintain high drug prices.

We'll take a look at how prescription drugs are priced, why they are so expensive, and what is being done to lower their costs. 

Forty-five states and the Department of Justice are claiming that generic-drug prices are fixed and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion.

In their complaint, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drugmakers for their lowest price, the manufacturers would rig the bidding process.

The Costs of Prescription Drugs

Mar 1, 2018
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President Trump has claimed American drug companies are "getting away with murder," based on the rising costs of their products. Factors such as a lack of transparency and a powerful lobbying presence have allowed pharmaceutical companies to maintain high drug prices.

We'll take a look at how prescription drugs are priced, why they are so expensive, and what is being done to lower their costs. 

Drugmakers gave millions of dollars to pain-treatment advocacy groups over a five-year period beginning in 2012, in effect promoting opioids to individuals most vulnerable to addiction, according to a new report released Monday by a U.S. senator.

Xavier University is hosting pharmaceutical and computer companies Thursday and Friday for a conference that will focus on artificial intelligence (AI).

As the toll of the opioid epidemic grows, scores of doctors have lost their licenses and some have gone to prison. Pharmacies are being sued and shuttered. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are under investigation and face new rules from regulators.

But penalties against companies that serve as middlemen between drug companies and pharmacies have been relatively scarce — until recently.

The long arm of the pharmaceutical industry continues to pervade practically every area of medicine, reaching those who write guidelines that shape doctors' practices, patient advocacy organizations, letter writers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and even oncologists on Twitter, according to a series of papers on money and influence published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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