Magazine article Drug Topics

Stateside

Magazine article Drug Topics

Stateside

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States lighten up on artificial pot

California has become the 28th estate to ease prescribing restricdons on Marinol (dronabinol), the synthetic THC that is the active ingredient in marijuana. The state moved the Rx from Schedule II to Schedule III, which eliminates the no-refill and triplicate-prescription requirements. DEA allowed states to reschedule Marinol last July. California voters passed a proposition in 1996 that supports smoking or ingesting natural marijuana for medical purposes, practices which the federal government considers illegal. Roxane Laboratories won approval for its tablets 15 years ago to treat chemotherapy-- induced nausea and vomiting. In 1992, the FDA cleared a new indication-for appetite loss and anorexia in AIDS patients-from Roxane and Unimed Pharmaceuticals.

Rx-price conference

A band of lawmakers from the six New England states and New York has formed a nonprofit association whose goal is to make Rxs more affordable and accessible. The Northeast Interstate Conference of Prescription Drug Prices plans to meet three times a year to develop policy and coordinate legislative strategy. The seven states are among about 20 that are pursuing various approaches generally aimed at cutting Rx prices, especially for senior citizens. Some conference members from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have scheduled talks this month in Montreal with Quebec officials to see if it can be made easier for Americans to go to Canada to buy lower-priced Rxs. …

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