Illinois Medical Pot Users Erroneously Told to Give Up Guns

Nearly two years after Illinois decided medical marijuana users shouldn’t be prohibited from owning guns, several patients received letters from state police telling them their firearms cards were being revoked. Although the agency insists the letters were sent to just four people before the mistake was corrected, some cannabis supporters say the error signifies an […]

Clinton and Sanders Use Faulty Data to Support Marijuana Reform

The “war on drugs” has become a chief target for Democratic presidential hopefuls who use outsized rhetoric to say drug laws, particularly those regarding marijuana, are filling the nation’s prisons and jails with nonviolent offenders who shouldn’t be behind bars. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed “low-level offenses that are primarily due to marijuana,” while Sen. […]

Drug-Price Debate Rekindles Fight Over Pill Imports From Canada

The presidential campaign is reigniting the battle over importing prescription drugs from Canada, with all of the leading Democratic candidates endorsing the idea. Calls for allowing people to buy directly from Canadian pharmacies are also intensifying from some Republicans in Congress, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa). But the drug industry remains […]

Research Raises Questions Over ADHD Drug Effects

Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution. Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand […]

GOP Senators Press Obama on Prescription Drug Imports

Two top Republicans are urging the Obama administration to open up access to imported prescription drugs to prevent steep hikes in drug prices. Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and John McCain (Ariz.) sent a letter on Monday asking Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to use her power under existing federal regulations to allow […]

Experts Foresee Big Premium Increases for Medicare Drug Plan

With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums. Beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to see if there’s a lower-cost plan that will cover their medications in 2016. Consumer advocates […]

Some Republicans Are Ready to Work on Prescription-Drug Prices

After months of polls show­ing voters’ con­cerns about pre­scrip­tion-drug costs, mem­bers of both parties in Con­gress are pay­ing at­ten­tion. But the is­sue has the po­ten­tial to split Re­pub­lic­ans, who are typ­ic­ally wary of gov­ern­ment in­tru­sion in­to mar­ket­places. While some GOP mem­bers are open to con­gres­sion­al in­volve­ment in drug prices, oth­ers aren’t budging. Among the lat­ter […]