Prescription drugs

Prescription Drugs

California Claims Drug Giant Bribed Docs To Prescribe

A whistleblower lawsuit claims Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs, costing insurers perhaps millions of dollars in the largest alleged health care fraud case ever handled by the state.

CBS San Francisco–03/18/2011

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California Bill Would Defray Cost Of Life-Saving Drugs

Specialty tier pricing that requires patients to pay as much as 35 percent of cost of a life-saving drug can quickly sap the resources of patients with chronic conditions.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–02/10/2011

Prescription Drugs

AG Harris Calls For Better Access To Generic Drugs

California’s top prosecutor is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to bar drug companies from making agreements with competitors to keep quiet about generic versions of their brand name drugs.

CBS San Francisco–01/07/2011

Prescription drug containers at pharmacy (AP)

San Francisco Passes Program to Take Back Pharmaceuticals

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that would force pharmaceutical companies to set up programs for the public to turn in unused drugs.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/15/2010

The prescription medicine OxyContin. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Dealing Of ‘Hillbilly Heroin’ Rampant In San Francisco’s Tenderloin

Forget heroin or crack cocaine. Getting high these days involves Oxycontin, a legal pharmaceutical. Abuse of the opiate is rampant, and many of the victims are young suburbanites, who will go to great lengths to get their fix.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/22/2010

Prescription drug containers at pharmacy (AP)

Alameda County Launches Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Old medication and unused prescription drugs can be left at the sheriff’s Eden Township Substation, a program authorities hope will prevent dangerous chemicals from entering the water supply.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–11/22/2010

Anna Nicole Smith arrives at the inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards at Luna Park on March 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

Smith’s Boyfriend, Psychiatrist Guilty Of Conspiracy; Doctor Acquitted

A jury has convicted Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and boyfriend Howard K. Stern of conspiracy counts but acquitted the doctor who prescribed drugs for her of all charges.

CBS San Francisco–10/28/2010

Prescription Drugs

Big Changes Coming To Flex Spending Accounts

Before you log on to make your health care choices this year, beware of some big changes to flex spending accounts. They are a part of the new health care reform law.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/12/2010

Prescription Drugs

HealthWatch: Getting Rid Of Old Prescription Drugs Could Save A Life

A recent survey revealed the vast majority of teens and young adults who abuse prescription drugs get them out of a friend’s or parent’s medicine cabinet. Many young people as well as adults believe if the drugs are prescription, they must be safe.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/23/2010

Anna Nicole Smith arrives at the inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards at Luna Park on March 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

Anna Nicole Judge Sees Flaws In Prosecution Case

The judge overseeing the drug conspiracy trial of Anna Nicole Smith’s two doctors and lawyer-boyfriend said Thursday he believes part of the prosecution’s case conflicts with state law and could be targeted in a dismissal motion.

CBS San Francisco–09/16/2010

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