California and 28 other states have reached a $151 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging one of the country’s largest drug wholesalers inflated prescription drug prices, costing the states’ Medicaid programs millions in overpayments.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the nation’s first ordinance requiring drug makers to pay for programs to dispose of expired and unused drugs.
A doctor accused of prescribing pain killers to three young men who died, including a college student from the Bay Area, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for second-degree murder in the overdose deaths.
A Los Gatos doctor was arraigned Monday for allegedly operating a “pill mill” at her clinic, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
One of three men who overdosed in 2009 was 21-year-old Joey Rovero, an Arizona State University student from San Ramon.
The father of two East Bay children killed when a drunk driver high on pain killers ran them down is pushing for a ballot measure to tax prescription drugs to fund the state’s drug-tracking system.
Bay Area pharmacy customers could avoid overpaying for prescription drugs by simply finding another location of the same pharmacy chain, according to a CBS 5 ConsumerWatch investigation.
The internet has become a shopping outlet for medications without a prescription, but health organizations warn that many of those drugs can be counterfeit and even dangerous.
New technology promises to help patients remember to take their prescription drugs and will warn patients, doctors, even caretakers if doses are missed.
The San Francisco Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee moved closer on Thursday to developing a drug drop off program for people who want to dispose of old medications.