prescription drugs

House panel seeks to rework drug pricing law

Lawmakers say the landmark price transparency law passed in 2016 is not getting the results they sought.

Welch seeks drug negotiating power for Medicare

He sent a note to Donald Trump pointing out that the president-elect has expressed support for negotiating and calling on him to check out a bill Welch introduced.

State sets limits on initial painkiller prescriptions

Doctors and other clinicians will be limited to prescribing up to seven days’ worth of opioid painkillers at a time for adult patients who don’t take them on a regular basis.

DEA and Partners Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

News Release — U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration New England Field Division Oct. 18, 2016 Contact: Special Agent Tim Desmond Number: 617-557-2463 Thousands of communities participate in this weekend’s event Boston, MA – This weekend DEA will once again conduct one of its most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. […]

Leahy Introduces Legislation To Address Rising Prescription Drug Prices

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy June 14, 2016 Contact: Jay Tilton [email protected] WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 14, 2016) – Top leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced new legislation Tuesday to combat anticompetitive practices by brand-name drug companies that delay entry of lower-priced generic drugs. The issue will […]

Windsor County Prescription Drug Take Back Effort Increasingly Successful

News Release — Windsor County Sheriffs May 27, 2016 Contact: Courtney Hillhouse Tel: 802-674-2900 x 25 Email: [email protected] WOODSTOCK—On April 30th, Windsor County Sheriffs again participated in the DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, resulting in 458 pounds of disposed medications collected for incineration. “Take-Back” efforts began in 2012 as stand-alone disposal events occurring twice […]

Senate approves bill addressing opiates on several fronts

The bill would make a broad array of changes aimed at reducing the availability of opiates, increasing education and prevention efforts, and looking at alternative forms of pain management.

House to take more testimony on prescription drug prices

he Vermont House of Representatives delayed a vote Thursday on a bill that would require state regulators to produce an annual report about the price of prescription drugs. The House postponed the bill so that the House Health Care Committee could take additional testimony on the bill next week, according to Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg. […]

Welch urges state action to counter prescription drug prices

Vermont lawmakers can push for greater transparency around prescription drug pricing and take other steps to try to curb high drug prices, Welch said Friday.

Report: Vermonters on Medicare saved almost $22 million on prescriptions under ACA

The portion of Social Security that pays disability benefits, known as the Disability Insurance trust, is projected to run out in 2016 without a legislative fix.

More than 50 collection sites in Vermont for national Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Health Department’s Bennington District Office has worked closely with the Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force, the Collaborative in Manchester, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and local pharmacists to encourage the community to collect and dispose of unused drugs by mail, drop-off, or by scheduling a pick up.

Naturopaths to receive authority to prescribe more drugs

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen supports the move, but the Vermont Medical Society has voiced some concerns.

Prescription drug abuse bill would allow members of the public to administer Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses

The new combined bill attempts to stave off opioid abuse at several stages.

Report urges move away from prescription drugs to treat chronic pain

A new medical report highlights how Vermont’s health care system financially encourages a patient’s dependence on opioids, instead of other more effective and less addictive remedies.