Attorney General seeks U.S. Supreme Court intervention in opioid maker lawsuits
Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the family that owns a major opioid manufacturer from "looting'' company assets.
Industrial commission hears input on proposal to prevent overpriced medication
The Arizona Industrial Commission met July 1 to hear public comment on proposed changes to this years fee schedule that are intended to prevent doctors from over prescribing opioids and prescribing more expensive medications for profit.
Opioid crisis fix attracts foreign counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs
Based on our counterfeit opioid drug crises, it’s important to “know your source” when it comes to your medication and beware of advertisers offering large discounts on foreign prescription drugs. Lawmakers and citizens should be skeptical of any proposals to “legally” allow the foreign importation of prescription drugs into the U.S. and placing Americans at risk.
State Medicaid agency approves more treatment options for opioid addiction
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Director Jami Snyder approved new treatment options for opioid patients using Medicaid Thursday, after the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee recommended the changes last month.
Doctors call on AHCCCS to add treatment options for opioid addiction
The Arizona Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will consider Thursday whether to recommend expanding the number of medications to treat opioid dependency that are available to Medicaid enrollees.
Arizona has opportunity to widen range of opioid addiction treatment
It’s too late for my brother, but there’s still time for countless other AHCCCS enrollees struggling with opioid addiction. They deserve the best possible chance of recovery. And their physicians are owed the broadest possible arsenal of medications to fight this battle.
Push to legalize needle exchanges in Arizona gets new life
Following strong support in the Legislature last year for legalizing needle exchanges, a Republican lawmaker is trying again to allow drug users to legally trade in their used needles.
Integrative health care treats pain and decreases opioid use
Arizona already licenses the full complement of health professions needed to offer patients an integrative approach to address chronic pain. It is time for health professions to work together for the best interests of our patients. Arizona has the physicians and practitioners needed to be at the forefront in developing integrative approaches to treating patients with chronic pain. Do we have the w[...]
Ducey claims progress on confronting opioids crisis
Gov. Doug Ducey is claiming progress on getting the opioid crisis under control even as the rate of overdoses shows no sign of abating.
Leaders: Securing border part of fix for opioid crisis
A holistic approach is needed to battle the opioid crisis that has gripped many parts of the country, fueled in part by the high volume of drugs that come across the southern border, Arizona officials said Wednesday.
State must broaden treatment medication for opioid addiction
Despite intensive efforts by lawmakers, health care providers, the criminal justice system and other stakeholders, Arizona appears to be losing the battle to stem the rising number of opioid overdose deaths.
The Breakdown, Episode 9: Surprise, surprise
The special primary election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District was decided last night, and the result was surprising to some politicos.