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Pharmacists could soon administer more vaccines

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could soon go no farther than their local pharmacy for more of their shots. Senate Bill 51 looks to expand the number of vaccines pharmacists can administer, as the current number sits at just six. The neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky have no limits on the types […]

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SOTs: Lawmakers consider making meth prescription only

SOTs: Harry Webb/ Licensed pharmacist and owner of Webb’s Family Pharmacy of Rochester & Akron, Indiana [:24] “The bottom line is meth is a scourge in our communities. It’s urban, it’s rural. It’s all over the state of Indiana. Since the year 2000, 106 law enforcement officers and 2,969 children. I’m sorry, 106 law enforcement […]

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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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State takes step to ban ingredients of Spice, other synthetic drugs

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has passed emergency laws banning four different compounds used in synthetic drugs, such as “Spice” and “K2.” Spice products are among the most popular illegal drugs used by young people – second only to marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s […]

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Biosimilars bill passes House, heads to governor

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Pharmacists would be able to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar drug for a prescribed name-brand product under a bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday. The legislation, authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, creates a series of steps to ensure the safety of automatic substitution of […]

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State suspends pharmacy behind meningitis outbreak

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to indefinitely suspend a Massachusetts-based pharmacy company that sold tainted steroids to Indiana and other states. The Indiana attorney general’s office filed an emergency petition against the New England Compound company on Oct. 26. The company responded last week and agreed to the […]

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Committee passes bath salts bill; pot legislation likely to die

Listen to the radio version of this story: By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee passed legislation Tuesday that is meant to help police crack down on a synthetic drug known as “bath salts,” sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration. But members of the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters […]