FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks to reporters in St. Louis. Greitens announced an executive order that day, establishing a prescription drug monitoring program for Missouri, the last state without such a program. But nearly four months later, the program is still not in place. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
November 10, 2017 - 2:48 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri remains the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program aimed at curbing opioid abuse nearly four months after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish one. The head of the state agency that will oversee the plan told the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, a Merck scientist conducts research in West Point, Pa. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration approved sales of Merck and Co.'s Prevymix, the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
November 08, 2017 - 6:23 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved sales of Merck and Co.'s Prevymix (PREH'-vih-miss) to prevent infections with cytomegalovirus (sy...
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This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 photo shows tablets of ibuprofen in New York. A study released on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 found that over-the-counter pills worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain for emergency room patients with broken bones and sprains. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
November 07, 2017 - 11:31 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin...
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In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 photo Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles medical cultivator, retailer and co-owner of Western Caregivers dispensary poses for at one of his dispensary's in Los Angeles. Anderson predicted the high level of state taxation next year is "just going to help the illicit market thrive." He said more needs to be done to cut the cost for medical users, many of whom won't be able to absorb a big price jump. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
November 05, 2017 - 10:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consumers eager for the coming of California's legal recreational marijuana market should be ready for sticker shock. An array of new taxes and fees will be attached to pot sales next year, driving up prices. For example, a small bag of good-quality medical marijuana in Los...
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November 03, 2017 - 9:09 am
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana. Dr. Liang Bartkowiak tells the Altoona Mirror she was mentioned in the media as being eligible to certify...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2017, file photo, large jars of marijuana are on display for sale at the Cali Gold Genetics booth during the High Times Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, Calif. California is kicking off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1, 2018, but there will be plenty of confusion as the new market takes shape. Some places are banning sales, while only a small number appear ready to issue licenses. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
October 29, 2017 - 6:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it's not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many...
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October 28, 2017 - 5:00 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to collect unused or expired prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting its 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. There will be sites throughout the state to collect drugs...
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FILE - This March 25, 2014, file photo shows a CVS store and pharmacy in Philadelphia. According to a Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 report in The Wall Street Journal., the drugstore chain is in talks to buy Aetna, the nation’s third-largest insurer. Analysts say such a deal would create a health colossus that can reach deeper into the average customer’s life to manage care and cut costs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 27, 2017 - 5:24 pm
A CVS-Aetna combination could create a health colossus that can reach deeper into the average customer's life to manage care and cut costs, according to analysts who follow the companies. Drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health Corp. is in talks to buy the nation's third-largest...
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FILE- In this March 7, 2015, file photo, Chadian troops and Nigerian special forces participate in the Flintlock exercises with the U.S. military and its Western partners in Mao, Chad. The Pentagon told The Associated Press on Oct. 27, 2017, that there is no truth to claims in a viral story that Sgt. La David Johnson betrayed his fellow soldiers in an ambush that killed him and three of his comrades in Niger earlier this month. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
October 27, 2017 - 12:08 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: REVEALED: La David Johnson Betrayed Fellow Soldiers...
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In this Thursday, June 29, 2017 photo, psychiatrist Dr. Lieve Thienpont, right, speaks with Amy De Schutter, who received approval for euthanasia about a year ago, in Ghent, Belgium, one of the few countries that allow for euthanasia. Thienpont, a doctor, respected psychiatrist and prominent euthanasia advocate, believes that when modern medicine can’t relieve suffering, euthanasia, when doctors actively kill patients, should be an option. (AP Photo/Maria Cheng)
October 26, 2017 - 6:38 am
GHENT, Belgium (AP) — After struggling with mental illness for years, Cornelia Geerts was so desperate to die that she asked her psychiatrist to kill her. Her sister worried that Geerts' judgment was compromised. The 59-year-old was taking more than 20 pills a day, including antidepressants, an...
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