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Terminal patients could get experimental drugs under bill headed to Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The “right to try” bill that would allow terminally ill patients to access potentially life-saving medications not yet approved by the FDA unanimously passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. Currently, patients with a terminal illness – like other patients – cannot use medications until they have been fully approved […]

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Video & story: Senate committee moves forward with bill to regulate e-liquids

Lawmakers discuss E-liquid regulations from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite requests from retailers and manufacturers, the Senate Public Policy Committee voted to move a bill to the Senate that would put more regulations on the e-liquid industry. The liquids are used in vapor pens and products like e-cigarettes and hookah […]

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Story & video: 5-year-old seeks legislators’ help getting treatment for fatal illness

Senate committee moves ‘right-to-try’ bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – “Please say yes.” That was the simple plea from 5-year-old Jordan McLinn to a Senate committee considering whether to let him and other terminal patients access drugs that might help them but are still available only in clinical trials. Jordan […]

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Zoeller to lawmakers: Pay attention to health risks of e-cigarettes

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has told lawmakers he wants them to put more emphasis on health issues as they consider regulations for e-cigarettes. “Recent surveys show that e-cigarette use has doubled among teenagers over the past three years while regular cigarette use continues to decline,” Zoeller said in […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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E-liquids would be regulated under bill that passes Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that regulates liquids used in vapor pens, an area that is currently unregulated under current law. The liquids, often referred to as “e-liquids,” are used in vapor pens and are similar to products like e-cigarettes and hookah pens. Senate Bill 539, authored […]

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Concussion training, awareness bill heads to House

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes passed the Senate on Thursday. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they are cleared by a health […]

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Bill bans abortions for gender selection, disabilities

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Talk of banning abortions based on gender selection or fetal disability sparked a heated debate Wednesday in the Senate Public Health Committee. Senate Bill 334 – authored by Sens. Travis Holdman, R-Markle and Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne – would prohibit health providers from performing abortions if the doctor knows […]

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E-liquid retailers say they can’t make it under proposed regulations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee could vote Wednesday on a bill to put regulations on the manufacturers and retailers of e-liquids, which are used in electronic cigarettes. Several retailers attended a Tuesday meeting of the Public Policy Committee to oppose the bill and said that regulations meant for the “bad guys” […]

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Bill promotes more medical residency slots in Indiana

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee amended and passed a bill on Thursday that advocates the expansion of medical residency for physicians. The bill now moves on to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1323, authored by Rep. Timothy Brown, R-Crawfordsville, establishes a medical residency fund to create […]

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