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Negotiating drug prices could save $16B

If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli — a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts and dabbler in the punk rock music — has saved Tinseltown the trouble.Shkreli...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Drug makers probed in Romanian graft

BUCHAREST, Romania — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.Roche...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire

Medical marijuana program changes take effect Friday

OLYMPIA — Changes to Washington’s medical marijuana program take effect on Friday.The Columbian reported that the changes are part of an overhaul recently approved by lawmakers.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest

Court ruling clears way for Novartis’ low-cost biotech drug

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that Novartis can begin selling its lower-cost copy of an Amgen Inc. drug in September, rejecting a bid to further delay the launch of the knock-off biotech medication.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire

Recognize medical cannabis

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials

Nasal spray used to save woman from drug overdose

GETCHELL — It didn't take long.Less than two weeks after getting training, a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy brought a woman who'd overdosed on heroin back from the edge of death.Deputy Jacob Navarro administered a nasal spray version of naloxone when he...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

An app to find low-priced meds

Why spend time researching the best price on a Ninja blender or Shark Cordless Sweeper and not on your prescription drugs? Insurers don’t always have the best prices, particularly on generics.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Life

One-time tokers need to lighten up on marijuana laws

Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.Let's not criticize the sponsoring senators — Rand...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A new ally in fight against drug resistance

When it comes to familiar icons, McDonald's ranks high in symbolism around the nation and the world. McDonald's is also the world's largest restaurant chain. The company deserves praise for a decision just announced that cannot have been easy to take but is important: to curtail the use...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary

Let parents weigh good, bad of vaccines

Thank you for printing the article Feb. 23, "Anti-vaccine moms discuss their thinking." It said many of the things I've been saying in my head during the recent debate on vaccinations and the proposal...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Commentary

Painkiller use puts infants at risk

More than one-fourth of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opiod painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for...

Date: 01/23/2015 | Nation & World

Nana's soda pot

Woman's 'crazy' idea for pot-infused cola is taking off

Date: 01/13/2015 | Life

Legislators wade through the ‘wild, wild west’ to fix pot laws

OLYMPIA — A little more than two years after voters legalized the sale of regulated marijuana, lawmakers will wade through a thicket of cannabis-related measures, including merging the recreational and medical industries.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Local News

Stay healthy during flu season

Understanding germs is key

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Lifesaving overdose antidote goes public

MONROE — There's an antidote that can help reverse overdoses of powerful opiate drugs, but it hasn't been available for purchase by the general public.Now four area pharmacies are offering kits with the medication, called

Date: 12/18/2014 | Local News

Making meds palatable

Everett pharmacy helps the medicine go down

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

Flu shots may not work as planned

NEW YORK — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Nation & World

Reconsider bans on marijuana businesses

Making something legal doesn't make it universally accepted.That's the case for marijuana in Washington state as more cities and counties vote to ban or impose moratoriums on its production and sale.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Editorials

Partisanship taking a toll on medical research

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, administered a dose of truth to political Washington last week.For this honest service, Collins was pilloried.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Opinion Columnists

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