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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | July 25, 2012
Seniors in Maryland have saved $56.5 million on prescription drug costs because of a provision under health care reform that has eased the Medicare donut hole, new government data has found. The savings were achieved with rebates and discounts to ease the burden of the donut hole, when patients reach certain limits that require them to pay 100 percent of their prescription drug costs. The $56.5 million in savings has occurred since health reform was adopted, according to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | May 21, 2012
Marylanders spent $44.5 billion on personal health care in 2010 as costs in the state continued to outpace the nation, according to a new report. Spending on services including hospital care, prescription drugs and long-term care increased 3.5 percent compared to 2009, according to the report by The Maryland Health Care Commission. On average a Maryland resident spent $7,698 on healthcare in 2010, 9 percent higher than the national average of $7,066. The biggest chunk of money in Maryland was spent on hospital care, which accounted for one-third of spending.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2012
Two unidentified operators of a prescription drug clinic in Lutherville that was raided by Baltimore County narcotics officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents Tuesday have been arrested, according to county police. One was arrested at the Healthy Life Medical Group clinic in the 1100 block of York Road, the other at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, police said. Both have been charged with conspiracy to distribute Schedule II narcotics, which include amphetamines, methamphetamines and other drugs that can be used in a medical setting but have "a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence," according to the DEA website.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
A prescription drug clinic in Timonium was raided Tuesday afternoon by Baltimore County police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, according to law enforcement officials. The raid followed a long-term investigation of the distribution and sale of oxycodone and other prescription drugs at the Healthy Life Medical Group in the 1100 block of York Road, according to Special Agent Edward Marcinko, of the DEA. About 25 police narcotics officers and DEA agents served a federal search warrant at the location shortly after 5 p.m., said Marcinko and Det. Cathy Batton, a county police spokeswoman.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Maryland is slated to receive $1.8 million for its part in a national settlement with Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories over allegations of illegal drug marketing, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Monday. Abbott will pay $100 million to 44 states and Washington, where officials had claimed the company marketed Depakote for uses other than those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's considered safe and effective for treating seizure disorders, mania associated with bipolar disorder and migraines.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
A proposal to speed the approval of new prescription drugs has patient advocates and biotech firms — including many based in Maryland — hoping that Congress will deliver a rare dose of bipartisanship this year. Lawmakers are proposing a 6 percent increase in the fees that pharmaceutical firms pay the Food and Drug Administration to offset the cost of approving new drugs. If the measure is not signed into law by the end of September, the FDA would lose the ability to charge any fees and be forced to lay off 2,000 workers, significantly slowing review times.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | April 27, 2012
Have unwanted prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet? Don't toss them in the trash or leave them to experimenting hands. Drop them off at a designated site on National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday. State health officials say abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise -- between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of prescription drug-related admissions to Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration -funded treatment programs nearly doubled, resulting in one in five admissions.
HEALTH
Andrea K. Walker | March 19, 2012
Medicare recipients in Maryland saved $46.2 million in prescription drug costs because of health care reform, the Obama Administration said today. The savings were achieved with rebates and discounts to ease the burden of the donut hole, when patients reach certain limits that require them to pay 100 percent of their prescription drug costs. The announcement was made as health care reform celebrates its second anniversary this week. In Maryland, 73,269 Medicare beneficiaries have saved an average of $630.19 onprescription drugs costs.  The savings came from a one-time $250 rebate check to seniors who hit the “donut hole” coverage gap in 2010 and a 50 percent discount on covered brand-name drugs in the donut hole in 2011.
EXPLORE
February 23, 2012
Harford County sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Amy Joy Warthen, 27, of the 1900 block of Fletcher Road, was arrested on two bench warrants Tuesday in cases in which she was charged with trespassing and second-degree escape. Eric Douglas Nelson, 34, of the 300 block of Paradise Road, was charged Tuesday with obtaining a prescription by altering an order and possessing a forged prescription. Brandon Marquez Robinson, 25, of the 900 block of Cambridge Road, was arrested on a bench warrant Wednesday in a case in which he was charged with driving with a suspended license.
EXPLORE
January 31, 2012
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Carl Kotowski, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA Baltimore Office, presented an award to Harford County Executive David R. Craig Jan. 17 in honor of the county's successful role in the nationwide prescription drug take back days. Over the past 18 months Harford County has collected 3,750 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications for safe and proper disposal. "In the October 2011 take back initiative, Harford County ranked number one in total collection and participation," Kotowski said in a press release.
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