State Poison Center gets reports of misuse of drug in Covid surge
The misuse of an anti-parasite drug to treat or prevent Covid has spiked in recent weeks, leading to increased calls to poison centers. The CDC issued a health advisory Thursday warning doctors and the public about the use of ivermectin to treat the virus. The drug, used for roundworm infections and the mostly tropical disease known as river blindness, is not... Read more
For many, insurance doesn’t prevent high costs from prescriptions
Half of Americans take no prescription drugs. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Karen Milligan. She needs several drugs and pays a lot for them. She has dealt with multiple sclerosis for three decades. It’s disease of the central nervous system with no cure.  At 65, Karen is seeing her drug costs... Read more
White bagging: Insurer shift on drugs raises alarm
A big change in drug treatment for cancer is arriving in Georgia. It’s not a new medication. What’s coming is something known as “white bagging,’’ an insurer tactic involving expensive infusion or injection drugs. And at Crisp Regional Health Services in Cordele, Jennifer Taylor, an oncology nurse practitioner, is concerned... Read more
Public Health measure, in diminished form, clears Senate panel
A state Senate committee passed a much pared-down version of legislation that would have restructured the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Senate Bill 256 went from 32 pages to two in its latest version, which received unanimous approval from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday.... Read more
Commentary: Our medications should be made here
Acetaminophen is a common drug used to treat pain and reduce fever. (Tylenol is a popular brand name for the drug.) But most of this over-the-counter medication comes from China, and at one point this year, the pandemic border closures and quarantine measures led to a shortage of it. In... Read more

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