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Pharmaceutical Makers Sending Drug-Spiked Water to Treatment Plants

May 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Pharmaceutical Makers Sending Drug-Spiked Water to Treatment Plants

(Photo: Ian Iott/flickr)
Wastewater treatment plants taking discharges from nearby pharmaceutical manufacturers have "substantially" higher concentrations of drugs in the water, according to a new national study.
In the most extreme example, an anti-fungal drug was found at levels 3,000 times higher at a treatment plant near a drug maker compared to treatment plants that don't accept drug maker discharge.

Medicaid Work Requirements Would Strain Hospital and State Budgets

May 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Medicaid Work Requirements Would Strain Hospital and State Budgets

Policy makers in cash-strapped states are already struggling to balance budgets, and Republican plans to chip away at Medicaid enrollment with work requirements could make that job harder, as enforcement would cost states millions of dollars. Moreover, Medicaid expansion helped hospitals cut down on un-recouped costs, taking pressure off state health systems and budgets.(Photo: ERproductions Ltd / Getty Images)

Vermont Legislators Pass a Drug Importation Law to Challenge High Drug Prices

May 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
Vermont Legislators Pass a Drug Importation Law to Challenge High Drug Prices

Last week, Vermont passed a law that would facilitate the state's importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada, which would represent the state's effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. However, there are some challenges that lie ahead for importation champions, and what that shows about the future of the drug pricing fight.(Photo: Alfexe / Getty Images)

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