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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 24; disposal locations available across Kentucky

State Office of Drug Control Policy map, last updated Aug. 27, 2020 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 24. Special locations will be open in most states to make it easy and safe for people to dispose of their expired or unwanted medications, to keep them from falling into the wrong hands or being flushed into sewer systems, where they could cause unwanted effects. Most locations will...

Charlotte Whittaker: Big Pharma’s prices just keep going up and up — Senate needs to pass HR 3

The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity. Kentuckians, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change federal law to bring needed relief. For prescription drugs on the market, you might expect any price increase...

Attorney General Andy Beshear moving forward with lawsuit against three insulin makers over pricing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is moving forward with a lawsuit against three insulin makers over skyrocketing prices and an investigation into pharmacy benefit managers who have allegedly overcharged Kentuckians, local pharmacies and the state for prescription drugs. Two requests for proposals, or RFPs, are now posted on the system where state government...

New program will allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of unused prescription opioids at home

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking an innovative step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic. On Tuesday, Beshear launched the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, the state’s first initiative to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home. The program involves the drug deactivation pouch, Deterra, which...

Kentucky State Police team with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29

The Kentucky State Police is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. “Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans,” says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “However, leftover...

Commentary: Prescription drug epidemic in Kentucky must be tackled head-on

By Rep. Larry Brown Special to KyForward All across America, but especially right here in my home of Eastern Kentucky, the prescription drug scourge is devastating our families and communities. In a time when so many want to get ahead, they are instead falling down the road of addiction. Much contributes to the epidemic we are facing, and a lack of economic opportunity in rural America has sparked...

Critics call for more transparency when pharmacy managers decide which drugs are covered

Every year, pharmacy benefit managers in the United States decide which prescription drugs are excluded from health insurance plans, and this list is determined by a secret board of doctors and pharmacists, Samantha Liss reports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pharmacy benefit managers process prescriptions, manage billing, decide which drugs will be covered (or not) and negotiate pricing for health...

Creative solutions needed to combat the national problem of skyrocketing drug prices

By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service Recently a tweet from Lauren Sausser, a fine health reporter I know in South Carolina, caught my eye. “Crazy drug prices became personal. My dad will start Keytruda regimen on Friday, $15,000 per infusion, once every three weeks indefinitely.” The high cost of pharmaceuticals had hit home! Her 61-year-old father, Jim McCallister, who lives in Spartanburg,...

Kaiser poll: Government, doctors not doing enough to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse

Most Americans don’t think governments and doctors are doing enough to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse, growing concerns in rural areas, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The telephone survey of 1,201 adults found that 67 percent said their state government is not doing enough to fight prescription drugs, and 61 percent said the same of heroin. Doctors didn’t score...

Kentucky has nation’s fourth highest painkiller prescription rate, officials call for limits

Kentucky has the nation’s fourth highest rate of painkiller prescriptions, at about 130 prescriptions for every 100 people, Christine Vestal reports for Stateline. The high rate of painkiller prescriptions is being blamed on a rising rate of overdose deaths, leading health and government officials in many states to call for a limit on the number and strength of painkiller pills prescribed by...