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Colorado’s plan to import prescription drugs from Canada just got a boost, thanks to Congress

A provision in an obscure bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to set up an importation program

Health

Opinion: Drugs don’t work if we can’t afford them

We can lower drug prices without jeopardizing innovations in medicines

Opinion Columns

How a rural Colorado town without a pharmacy is crowdsourcing to get meds

With no local access to prescription drugs, Walden residents are taking advantage of anyone’s trip to bigger cities to pick up medications for the rest of the town

Health

Colorado’s program to stop patients from “doctor shopping” for opioids hasn’t been working, audit finds

Audit recommends legislation to require prescribers to use the database to track drug prescriptions — and add penalties if they don't

Health

Colorado lawmakers wage multifront assault on high drug costs

While none of the efforts alone would result in broad-based, deep cuts, state officials estimate the combined impact of the various measures could save Coloradans between 20% and 40% in out-of-pocket costs

Health

Opinion: Colorado needs a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to protect the public interest

Skyrocketing drug prices affect all Coloradans, and this is an opportunity for our legislators to do something about it.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: A prescription-drug price-control bill is the wrong answer for Colorado

Colorado shouldn’t be a test kitchen for a non-Coloradan’s political agenda.

Opinion Columns

Colorado already allows prescription drug imports from Canada. Lawmakers want to open it up to more countries.

Colorado and 11 other states want to expand programs to directly import medications, most of which are manufactured in other countries. The law passed in 2019 to allow Canadian imports hasn't yet been implemented.

Health

Opinion: A bill in the Colorado legislature might have saved my son

When an opioid overdose strikes, naloxone can be the difference between life and death. Legislation could put it in more hands.

Opinion Columns

To fix soaring prescription costs, Colorado lawmakers have a new plan: A board to cap drug prices

A bill to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board is expected to draw strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry

Health

Opinion: Coloradans should pay fair prices for prescription drugs

No one should be forced to fill a prescription instead of paying their rent or putting food on the table.

Opinion Columns

Sen. Jim Smallwood: Colorado’s drug-importation scheme is a political pipe dream

The deeper you dig into the idea, the more smoke and mirrors it becomes.

Opinion Columns

Colorado takes a step toward importing drugs from Canada, but the start date is still two years away

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing predicts big prescription cost savings -- but not for the state’s Medicaid program

Health

Federal prosecutors in Colorado, across the U.S. sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department alleges Walmart violated federal law by selling thousands of prescriptions for controlled substances that its pharmacists "knew were invalid"

Crime and Courts

Colorado governor vetoes bill that sought to reduce prescription opioid abuse

Gov. Jared Polis wrote in a letter that he vetoed House Bill 1085 because of the impact it would have on health insurance premiums

Politics and Government

Colorado’s rural pharmacies wrestle against big business to remain community cornerstones

1,230 rural pharmacies have closed since 2003, including 45 in Colorado. Some blame benefit management companies that reimburse for medications at less than they cost to buy.

Business

Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

The Joint Budget Committee will begin meeting next week to consider recommended spending cuts, but they still may not be enough to balance the budget

Politics and Government

Opinion: Transparency and accountability needed in prescription drug industry

Opinion Columns

Colorado wants to let pharmacists write prescriptions for HIV prevention drugs

House Bill 1061 to make PrEP available at pharmacies without a doctor's visit is aimed at eliminating HIV infections in Colorado as prevention funding is cut and access plateaus

Health

5 numbers that explain why Colorado lawmakers want more insight into prescription drug costs

Democrats are trying again this year to pass a bill requiring pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about price increases and rebates

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