prescription drugs

Meth and Missouri
8:10 am
Tue July 26, 2011

St. Charles Co. hopes to reduce meth production with prescription requirement

St. Charles County residents will soon need a prescription to get their hands of cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine.
(via Flickr/ellie)

Residents in St. Charles County will soon need a prescription to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine. 

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Business/Express Scripts merger
2:36 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Express Scripts will buy Medco

Prescription benefit manager Express Scripts will purchase rival Medco in a $29.1 billion deal.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Two of the nation's largest pharmacy benefits management companies could become one in the first six months of next year.

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Illinois / Health Care
11:24 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities

(via Flickr/CarbonNYC)

About 20 percent of seniors and people with disabilities will lose prescription drug coverage because of cuts in the Illinois state budget.

State officials are sending letters to 43,000 participants saying they won't qualify for "Illinois Cares Rx" as of Sept. 1. Those who are still enrolled will pay more out of pocket for their prescriptions.

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Business: Prescription benefits dispute
11:08 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Walgreen Co. announces plans to drop Express Scripts

A processing floor at Express Scripts in north St. Louis County. Walgreen Co. announced today it's dropping Express Scripts in a dispute over fees.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The nation's largest drugstore chain is locked in a contract fight with one of the St. Louis area's  largest employers.

Walgreen Co. revealed during an earnings call today that it's planning to end its $5.3-billion-per-year relationship with Express Scripts Inc. on Jan. 1, saying it cannot reach a deal on the fees the pharmacy benefits manager pays to fill the prescriptions of Walgreen's customers.

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Wentzville
1:23 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Wentzville prescription drug collection program going well

Wentzville is among the first area law enforcement agencies to offer a program to collect unused prescription medication. (Via Flickr/ psyberartist)

The Wentzville Police Department says a program started last month to collect unused prescription medication has so far been a success.

The program helps keep medications from contaminating the water supply and to keep them away from children and others who might abuse them.

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Missouri Rx
3:14 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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