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When the Snake Bites, the Biggest Pain Can Be in the Wallet

When the Snake Bites, the Biggest Pain Can Be in the Wallet

At a gathering of venom experts in Greenville last week, one of the debates was over the costs and benefits of anti-venom treatment. By..

March 14, 2016
Lawmakers Weigh Drug Costs and Patient Frustrations

Lawmakers Weigh Drug Costs and Patient Frustrations

Lawmakers find themselves caught between high drug prices driving up the cost of insurance and patients forced to jump through hoops to get..

February 25, 2016
States Start to Let Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control Pills

States Start to Let Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control Pills

Some states are hoping that allowing pharmacists to prescribe and distribute the drugs will reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. But..

February 19, 2016
Law Enforcement Taking a More Active Role in Saving Lives from Overdose

Law Enforcement Taking a More Active Role in Saving Lives from Overdose

North Carolina Law enforcement agencies are at the forefront of initiatives to reduce the harm from opioids. By Taylor Sisk “Hillbilly..

February 17, 2016
Few Doctors Willing, Able to Prescribe Powerful Anti-Addiction Drugs

Few Doctors Willing, Able to Prescribe Powerful Anti-Addiction Drugs

There are new medications that help people addicted to opioids detox successfully, but only a fraction of people in North Carolina who need..

January 18, 2016
State, Local Officials Push Manufacturers to Pay for Drug Disposal

State, Local Officials Push Manufacturers to Pay for Drug Disposal

As more people use drug drop-off services at local law enforcement agencies and events such as Operation Medicine Drop, the price tag is..

December 30, 2015
Cooper Says State Needs to Comprehensively Confront Rx Overdose

Cooper Says State Needs to Comprehensively Confront Rx Overdose

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper joined other attorneys general in urging Congress to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and..

December 30, 2015
Medicare Drug Coverage Confusing, Expensive, Changes Annually

Medicare Drug Coverage Confusing, Expensive, Changes Annually

November 20, 2015
Biotech Leaders Recap, Look Ahead

Biotech Leaders Recap, Look Ahead

Executives from the biotechnology sector gathered this week to look back at this years’ legislative session and begin planning for..

October 23, 2015
Many States Still Grapple with Regulating Medical Marijuana

Many States Still Grapple with Regulating Medical Marijuana

Legislators in states legalizing marijuana for medical purposes face a host of regulatory and enforcement issues. By Sarah Breitenbach..

October 22, 2015
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