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In this July 10, 2018, photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House Democrats tee up vote on partisan drug-price bill

- The Washington Times

House Democrats teed up a Thursday vote on their contentious drug-pricing bill by appealing to Republicans’ loyalty to President Trump, saying the effort echoes his 2016 rhetoric on government negotiation and his push to align prices with other countries’.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, file photo Leana Wen, of Boston, left, who is doing her medical residency in emergency medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, speaks with Josh Kosowsky, clinical director of emergency medicine, right, in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. Wen chose emergency medicine because the hours are more flexible than those of primary care physicians. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) ** FILE **

Residency problem partly leads to physician shortage

- The Washington Times

Almost 10% of medical school students each year do not get a hospital residency, leaving thousands without the required training to work as physicians and contributing to a growing shortage of doctors in the U.S., medical education professionals say.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, narcotics detective Ben Hill, with the Barberton Police Department, shows two bags of medications that are being stored in their headquarters and slated for destruction in Barberton, Ohio. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the first federal trial over the nation's opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit

- Associated Press

The nation’s three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin Monday.

President Donald Trump speaks during news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs order enhancing Medicare, slams Dems’ plans while in Florida

- The Washington Times

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at improving the Medicare program for seniors, hoping to redirect the 2020 campaign conversation from his failure to overhaul President Obama’s program to his step-by-step efforts to stamp out health crises and stiff-arm Democrats pushing government-run care.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters just after the House Judiciary Committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

- Associated Press

Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private insurance.

In this April 2, 2018, file photo, a pharmacist in San Francisco poses for photos holding a bottle of OxyContin. In court papers filed in New York on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, Purdue Pharma, the drug's manufacturer, flied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

- Associated Press

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation’s opioid crisis as the company filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday night, part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits — most from state and local governments.

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

OxyContin maker, government attorneys in settlement talks

- Associated Press

State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters after a campaign stop at Lindy's Diner in Keene N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Joe Biden ad: Obamacare is ‘personal’ to me

- The Washington Times

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden says in a new TV ad that Obamacare is “personal” to him, recounting his family history as he made the case for defending the law from people who want to “replace it and start over.”

In this April 3, 2018, file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a lecture series at the University of Nevada, Reno. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Harry Reid says ‘Medicare for All’ is loser for Dems

- The Washington Times

Former Sen. Harry Reid says Democratic presidential candidates’ focus on a “Medicare for All” health policy is a loser for the 2020 election — and so is the push to cancel criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who jump the border.

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

- Associated Press

Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs that serve seniors and low-income people.

FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials Tuesday, April 9. 2019, warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

CDC numbers suggest opioid crisis may be cresting

- The Washington Times

U.S. drug overdose deaths appear to have decreased for the first time in nearly three decades, according to preliminary data Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a first sign that the devastating opioid abuse crisis may be cresting.

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