Tag Archives: Prescription Drugs

Audit: State stuck trying to track ‘questionable’ drug prescriptions

Auditors recommend changing state law to allow better monitoring of prescriptions by doctors and pharmacies. Oregon is collecting valuable information about opioid prescribers and their patients but state law hamstrings using the system to confront drug abuse, state auditors said Tuesday. Oregon, like all other states, collects information on prescriptions for controlled substances like Oxycodone […]
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Oregon Considers Hepatitis C Coverage For Medicaid Patients

The committee that recommends medication coverage on the Oregon Health Plan wants the state to start paying for hepatitis C treatments. The committee that recommends medication coverage on the Oregon Health Plan wants the state to start paying for hepatitis C treatments. Oregon has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C mortality rates in […]
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OHA aims to lift limits on OHP patient hepatitis C coverage

The Oregon Drug Use Review/Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, which advises the Oregon Health Authority on prescription drug coverage, recommended Friday a change in prior authorization criteria which will expand treatment access to all Oregon Health Plan patients with chronic hepatitis C, without fibrosis restrictions. Source: OHA aims to lift limits on OHP patient hepatitis C […]
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Newly FDA-approved flu drug arrives at some Portland pharmacies

 For the first time in 20 years, the FDA has approved a new flu medication and it’s available in our area. Source: Newly FDA-approved flu drug arrives at some Portland pharmacies | KATU

Why prescription drug prices have skyrocketed

And why the government needs to take action. The high cost of prescription drugs is on everyone’s agenda. In more than 40 states, pharma-related bills are pending or recently passed. President Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have […]
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The Health 202: The Trump administration takes another swing at lowering drug prices

Medicare Part D is now on the table. How do you rejigger Medicare in a way that lowers spending but doesn’t hurt patient access to medicines? That’s exactly the line the Trump administration is attempting to walk in its latest move to combat steep U.S. drug prices through changes to the massive government insurance program. The effort […]
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Medication lockboxes can save a loved one

State Library Ed. Note: Story mentions the following, “This initiative aligns with House Bill 3090, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017, which requires emergency department staff to engage patients and families in crisis in “lethal means” counseling and safety planning.” The call came from a harried resident physician rotating in the pediatric intensive care […]
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Oregon issues new opioid guidelines for patients with short-term pain

The Oregon Health Authority recently announced new guidelines for prescribing opioids to patients who have short-term acute pain, such as a sprained ankle or after having a tooth removed. State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer Dr. Katrina Hedberg said the guidelines are part of a much larger strategy the state has been using since 2016 […]
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Marijuana drug: First FDA-approved medication now available in the US

Epidiolex, the first FDA-approved medication made from marijuana, is now available by prescription in the United States. Epidiolex, the first cannabis-based medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, is now available by prescription in all 50 states. The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in patients 2 and older to treat two […]
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New Oregon Guidelines Try To Dial Back Opioid Prescriptions

The Oregon Health Authority has published new guidelines for prescribing opioids. The state published opioid guidelines a couple of years ago. But those dealt largely with people who were already on the drug and needed to be weaned off. Source: New Oregon Guidelines Try To Dial Back Opioid Prescriptions . News | OPB