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Lawmakers Seeking Freer Hand for Medicaid Docs

Sunday, March 25, 2012

State legislators want doctors to be able to prescribe drugs for Medicaid patients with less oversight from the private plans that oversee prescription drug coverage.

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Medicaid PBMs Save Money, Cause Headaches

Monday, December 19, 2011

Three million New Yorkers on Medicaid have recently started getting prescription drugs a new way — and healthcare watchdogs say there are still hiccups.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Climbs in NYC

Monday, December 19, 2011

Prescription drug overdoses have increased dramatically in recent years in New York City — but at a slower rate than the rest of the country.

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Cuomo Signs Prescription Bills into Law

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is prohibiting the practice by some health insurers of requiring prescriptions to be purchased by mail, in what is a win for local drug stores.

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Arch-Rivals Join to Oppose 'Mandatory Mail-Order' Prescriptions

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Neighborhood pharmacies often compete with large chains, like Duane Reade and Walgreens, for customers, but the rivals have been making common cause in Albany.

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Patent Expiration Looms for Big-Name Drugs

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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A number of brand name drugs will be falling off the so-called "patent cliff" over the next several months. It means multiple generic versions of name brand drugs will soon be available at a fraction of the cost, adding up to savings for most.

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The Takeaway

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

Monday, June 21, 2010

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 980,000 people in the U.S. are addicted to some type of opiates: a sharp uptick in recent years. The number of emergency room visits linked to non-medical use of prescription pain relievers has more than doubled in recent years. The prescription painkillers being abused include oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. And in six states—Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah and Vermont—accidental drug deaths due to use of anxiety medications increased 64 percent between 2004 and 2007.

 

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The Takeaway

Drug Czar On Ciudad Juarez, Black Market for Prescription Drugs

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Two big drug-related stories have made headlines this week. The first was the killing last Saturday of two American government employees in Ciudad Juarez. The violence is believed to be related to an ongoing turf-war between rival drug cartels in Mexico. The other event could provide a good story line for Ocean's 14. One of the biggest pharmaceutical heists in history took place in Connecticut last weekend when thieves stole $75 million worth of drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse. But they weren't recreational painkillers, but rather mostly antidepressants.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Black Market for Antidepressants, Iraq Seven Years After the Invasion, the History of the Battery

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jim here (the web editor), writing the newsletter on a day that only an Irishman should.

This morning’s news about the $76 million in prescription drugs that were stolen from an Eli Lily warehouse in Connecticut caught our attention for one main reason: Why were the thieves going after anti-depressants? The black market for painkillers might be a more obvious target, given the drugs' recreational use, but who knew illicit sales of Prozac and Zyprexa could drive this kind of heist? We’ll find out more about this on tomorrow’s show.

UPDATE: We booked the White House's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske.

 

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