House panel backs curbs on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications
When Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put on medications that failed to help him. He suffered continual vomiting and severe stomach cramps. Then they found a medication that worked. Brannen’s symptoms went away. But after six months, says his mother, Melissa Whirledge,... Read more
Southern health summit to explore opioid crisis, technology advances
Health Connect South isn’t your typical health care conference. One of the gathering’s central goals is to foster collaboration among leaders and organizations in the industry. A past example is the alliance between pharmaceutical giant UCB and Georgia Tech, forged through the summit, to create a project to explore the... Read more
The opioid epidemic is a threat to older people, too
A recent overdose case in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody involved a 55-year-old woman. The cause of her death was determined to be the toxic effects of cocaine, morphine and methamphetamine, says Patrick L. Bailey, director of the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office. Of those three drugs, morphine is an opioid.... Read more
Clay County: Only one doctor, and soon no pharmacy
A southwest Georgia county that has just one physician is losing its only drugstore. Buy-Rite is shutting down its pharmacy in Clay County. The company says it has been losing money on the Fort Gaines drugstore for years. “It’s going to have a very profound impact on the city,’’... Read more
Medicine donation program helps many Georgians who can’t afford what they need
The enterprise is nestled inside a nondescript office complex in Gwinnett County. No signage proclaims the nature of what’s behind the front door, and inside, there’s little in terms of furnishings or décor. Despite this unassuming façade, the Norcross office is the base for an operation that’s helping an... Read more

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