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Video & story: Pence orders limited needle exchange to stem Scott County HIV outbreak

Scott County has the green light to administer a needle exchange program from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Scott County officials now have the authority to administer a needle exchange program to help fight the recent HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana. “I do not enter into this lightly,” Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Pence set to declare emergency in Scott County HIV cases

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All eyes are on Scott County as Gov. Mike Pence is set to declare a public health emergency to battle a recent HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users there. The move could give the Pence administration more power to take action in Southern Indiana, which now has 72 confirmed […]

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Right-to-try bill headed to Pence, provides dying patients access to experimental drugs

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Legislation to provide terminally ill patients with access to experimental drugs heads to the governor after it received final approval in the House on Thursday. Authored by state Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, House Bill 1065 would let patients with limited time to live obtain medicines that have not yet reached […]

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Video & story: Antidote for heroin overdose could be more available under proposed bill

Narcan syringes could be in more Hoosier hands from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers with loved ones or friends with a heroin addiction may be able to save their lives in the event of an overdose if a bill moving through the General Assembly becomes law. Naloxone – also known […]

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Committee postpones vote for on Safety PIN program

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that supporters say will reduce infant mortality rates in Indiana is moving through the legislature – with funding for the proposed grant program on its heels. House Bill 1004 – authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville – establishes the Safety Protecting Indiana’s Newborns grant program. Republicans are […]

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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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Letter: Setting goals in the fight against cancer will lead to success

To the editor:   Cancer is a complex set of diseases with many different causes. Some cancers are caused by viruses such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). One of the most common cancers in women throughout the world is cervical cancer, in which HPV plays an essential causal role. The development of a vaccine […]

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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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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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