Category: California

Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

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In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the wholesale level; it is silent about the transactions ….  Read More

Going Down Fighting: Dying Activist Champions ‘Medicare For All’

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When Santa Barbara lawyer-turned-activist Ady Barkan settled in to watch the second round of the Democratic presidential primary debates late last month, he had no idea his story would be part of the heated discussion. Barkan, 35, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, watched from his wheelchair as ….  Read More

California Bill Would Fight Deals That Delay Generic Drugs

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). California’s attorney general touted a legal victory this week against drugmakers who he said made secretive, backroom deals to keep less expensive drugs off the market. In nearly the same breath, Xavier Becerra also lamented that he didn’t have enough legal tools to go ….  Read More

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Now that it’s upending the way you play music, cook, shop, hear the news and check the weather, the friendly voice emanating from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker is poised to wriggle its way into all things health care. Amazon has big ambitions for ….  Read More

Polydrug Addiction On Rise As Opioid Crisis Mixes With Resurgence In Meth UseKaiser Health News

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In the 25 years since she snorted her first line of meth at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined “normal” so many times. At first, she said, it seemed like meth brought her back to her true self — the person she was before her parents divorced, and before her stepfather moved in. ….  Read More

Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics On Streets Of San Francisco

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The man was out of his wheelchair and lay flat on his back just off San Francisco’s Market Street, waiting for the hypodermic needle to pierce his skin and that familiar euphoric feeling to wash over him. The old-timer, who appeared to be in his 60s, could not find a viable vein, so a 38-year-old ….  Read More