By Hojun Choi For Reporting Texas Texas lawmakers might consider forcing pharmacists to start using an online database designed to identify potential opioid abusers, but pharmacists say they would fight the proposal if it comes up in the legislative session that begins Jan. 10. In its review of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the Sunset Advisory Commission reported … [Read more...]
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Federal legislation aimed at helping states struggling with the opioid epidemic is headed to President Obama’s desk. That’s after the U.S. Senate Wednesday passed the proposal 94 to 5. The legislation is called “The 21st Century Cures Act” and is focused on spending money to support drug education, prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. The bill has $1 billion attached … [Read more...]
Legislation that requires health insurers to cover prescription pain relief medications designed to reduce addiction and abuse gained approval from the state Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, is one of five Assembly Democrats who are cosponsors of the bill. Specifically, the bill (A-1833) would require health insurers to … [Read more...]
States like Pennsylvania might have to strengthen opioid controls to tap a proposed $10 billion infusion of anti-addiction funding, an adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. Among the strings attached to the proposed funding: States would have to compel doctors to check patients’ drug histories every time they prescribed a controlled … [Read more...]
WASHINGTON — The drug industry’s top lobbying group in Washington is asking its members to ante up an additional $100 million annually ahead of an expected fight over drug pricing. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America is raising its annual membership dues by 50 percent, according to a Politico report on Tuesday morning, which will increase its yearly take … [Read more...]