Prescription Drugs

9:40 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Heroin Rises in Northern W.Va. After Illegal Pill Crackdown

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A crackdown by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force has reduced illegal prescription painkiller operations in Northern West Virginia.

Now authorities are dealing with a new drug problem - heroin.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register that heroin supply and demand is increasing for several reasons.

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hepititus C Drug Works But It's Too Expensive

On West Virginia Morning, Suzanne Higgins reports on a new drug that successfully treats Hepatitis-C, but it comes with a big price tag.  And we’ll visit a distillery in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
9:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

W.Va. Panel Identifies 176 Potential 'Doctor Shoppers'

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  A West Virginia Board of Pharmacy committee has identified 176 patients who could be "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs.

These patients have received pain medication prescriptions from at least 13 doctors over the past 12 months.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the committee recently warned medical professionals across the state that their patients could be "doctor shoppers."

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Public Health
4:26 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline, W.Va. Settle Lawsuit

Attorney General Patrick Morrissey announced the settlement Thursday.
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GlaxoSmithKline LLC has agreed to pay West Virginia $22 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it illegally marketed three diabetic drugs.

 The drug maker didn't admit any liability in the settlement.
 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey announced the settlement on Thursday. He says it's one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in the state's history.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
9:52 am
Mon May 5, 2014

WVU Students Chronicle ADHD Prescription Drug Abuse Among Peers


West Virginia University students recently finished up their final examinations for the school year. During this time period, of course, many stay up long hours to cram to prepare for the tests. And according to West Virginia University Journalism students who performed a research study, many are reaching for prescription drugs to prepare, without a prescription.

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Law Enforcement
7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Feds Set Record in Latest Drug Take-Back Day in W.Va.

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  Federal officials in southern West Virginia say they collected more than three tons of unwanted and expired drugs during last weekend's Prescription Drug Take-Back day. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory agent Suzan Williamson said the collection set a record at 6,211 pounds of prescription drugs. West Virginians participated at nearly 130 locations around the state.

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West Virginia Morning
9:23 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine Bill in the Senate, Alcohol Sales on Sunday, & Frack Waste Concerns

On this West Virginia Morning, the State Senate goes through a very spirited debate on a prescriptions bill.

Also, the House of Delegates looks at allowing alcohol sales earlier in the day on Sunday, despite some opposition in the House.

A public hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee gives those concerned over frack waste a chance to weigh in.

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Pseudoephedrine Legislation
4:44 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Senate Furthers Bill to Decrease Meth Labs in W.Va.

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The Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources was the first to take action on Senate Bill 6 Tuesday, regulating the sale of drug products used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Senate Bill 6:

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Prescription Drug Abuse
2:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Manchin leads effort to reschedule hydrocodone

Senator Joe Manchin held a conference call this morning to discuss the announcement that the Food and Drug Administration is recommending hydrocodone be reclassified.

  The FDA is recommending to the Department of Health and Human Services that hydrocodone drugs like Vicodin or Lortab be reclassified from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.

Under this category, it’s acknowledged that the drug has a high potential for abuse, can cause severe psychological or physical dependence, and should be used with severe restrictions.

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Prescription Drugs
11:32 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Drug firms told to reveal W.Va. shipment records

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A Boone County judge has ordered four pharmaceutical drug distributors to reveal their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies over the past five years.
Circuit Judge William Thompson acted Thursday in a lawsuit filed last year by former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw. The suit accused the companies of helping to contribute to the state's pain pill abuse epidemic.

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10:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 10, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, Sen. Joe Manchin calls for an investigation into the Food & Drug Administration, more federal charges are brought against officials in Mingo County, Fayette County Schools talk consolidation with the state Board of Education and more.

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Prescription Drugs
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Manchin calls for invesitgation of FDA

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Wednesday sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration informing them he will be calling for a full senate investigation into allegations of unholy links between the pharmaceutical industry and FDA officials overseeing safety regulations of painkiller medicine—this in light of a recent report that West Virginia has the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States.

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