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30 Laws in 30 Days: Prescribing medicine over videoconference

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Access to medical treatment is about to become more convenient for Indiana residents seeking solutions for simple illnesses. Starting July 1, House Bill 1263—authored by […]

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Bill aims to curb meth production

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two members of the Indiana Senate want to change state law to make business harder for Hoosier meth makers. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that they would introduce legislation requiring pseudoephedrine products to be kept behind a counter and not sold until the customer […]

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Numerous communities plan to participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will be able to safely get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs this weekend. This Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The program is designed to encourage people to dispose of old prescription drugs in a way that endangers neither […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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Heroin antidote bill passes House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A drug that can reverse a heroin overdose would become more readily available to the friends and families of addicts under legislation that passed the House unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 406 now moves back to the Senate, which has approved a similar version of the legislation. The Senate will […]

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Gov. Pence signs right-to-try bill into law

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Terminally ill patients who have run out of FDA-approved options can now turn to treatments and medicines in the testing phase. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1065, more commonly known as a right-to-try bill, into law on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R- […]

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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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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

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Committee considers bill meant to curb meth production

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee delayed a vote on legislation meant to curb meth production so lawmakers could take out a provision that would require the Indiana State Police to spend money on a new tracking system. Radio report State senators are considering a bill that would […]