- Lawmakers OK bill to avoid health care pricing ballot fight Updated: May-26-16 8:00 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at avoiding a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.
- Mississippi high court won't reconsider drug-pricing case Updated: May-26-16 7:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court is standing by its decision to uphold a $30 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.
- Maine senator proposes fees on prescription opioids Updated: May-25-16 2:20 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A U.S. senator from Maine is co-sponsoring a bill that would impose a fee on prescription opioids to help pay for programs that would alleviate the country's opioid epidemic.
- Agency would get cut of medical marijuana sales under bill Updated: May-23-16 6:46 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have agreed to give the agriculture department up to 7 percent of the revenue from sales of medical marijuana, to pay for agency costs of regulating the drug.
- The cost of an overdose in Massachusetts Updated: May-23-16 10:14 am
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase.
- Michigan bill requires equal health coverage of cancer drugs Updated: May-21-16 10:15 am
LANSING, Michigan - Cancer patients and survivors are lobbying lawmakers to make Michigan the latest in a long line of states to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally.
- Virginia health care: Pay by the month, get unlimited visits Updated: May-19-16 4:41 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - In January, Dr. Maura McLaughlin started a new type of primary care practice in central Virginia. Instead of getting payments from insurance companies for each appointment, her patients pay her directly, and get unlimited visits for a fixed monthly fee.
- Colombia battles world's biggest drugmaker over cancer drug Updated: May-18-16 5:47 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals.
- Connecticut forum planned on high cost of prescription drugs Updated: May-15-16 4:29 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Stakeholders are set to gather to discuss the high cost of prescription drugs in Connecticut and elsewhere.
- Mental health advocates question drug bill Updated: May-15-16 1:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill's backers say the concerns are overblown.
- Vermont to require drug makers to explain price increases Updated: May-14-16 8:53 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is poised to become the first state requiring drug companies to explain their price increases, and Bob and Deborah Messing think that's a good idea.
- The Latest: Nixon isn't saying whether he'll veto gun bill Updated: May-13-16 9:45 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Latest on the final day of the Missouri legislative session (all times local):
- Business owners: We need policy specifics from candidates Updated: May-12-16 4:20 pm
NEW YORK - Small business owners say it's time the presidential candidates provide concrete details on how they'll tackle key issues including taxes, health care costs and government regulations.
- Illinois doctor gives up license over cancer drug imports Updated: May-11-16 6:44 am
CHICAGO - An Illinois doctor has permanently relinquished her medical license for allegedly putting patients at risk by giving them cheap, imported cancer drugs in violation of federal law.
- Missouri Senate passes bill for more access to prescriptions Updated: May-10-16 7:00 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators have approved legislation aimed at making it easier for patients to get more expensive prescriptions.
- Utah school district pays $10K for 'drunk goggles' injury Updated: May-04-16 3:33 pm
FARMINGTON, Utah - Court documents show that a Utah school district paid more than $10,000 for a student's medical expenses after she was injured while wearing so-called drunk goggles in a 2014 exercise.
- Lawmakers approve 'step therapy' and welfare reform bill Updated: May-02-16 12:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators approved a health and public welfare bill Monday that would reduce prescription drug costs within the state's Medicaid program and make changes to eligibility for public assistance.
- Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default Updated: Apr-29-16 4:36 pm
Valeant Pharmaceuticals resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by finally filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June.
- Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales Updated: Apr-28-16 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.
- Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics Updated: Apr-27-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics.
- Pfizer agrees to $785M settlement in drug discount case Updated: Apr-27-16 2:03 pm
BOSTON - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $785 million to resolve allegations that one of its companies failed to give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private purchasers of a heartburn treatment, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
- Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon Updated: Apr-26-16 6:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.
- Troopers investigate fundraising for girl who was not sick Updated: Apr-26-16 4:56 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - An online fundraising effort that took in $6,110 to pay medical expenses of a Fairbanks girl was taken down after the website creator said she learned the girl was not sick.