May 26, 2015

Last week Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed SB 31, a bill that revises New Hampshire's prescription monitoring program.

While the state's rise in heroin addiction has received more press in 2015, prescription drug abuse continues to be a problem in the Granite State.

Sep 30, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29 New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced that the state is investigating a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that marketed prescription painkillers such as OxyContin to Granite State doctors.

Oct 19, 2015

Press reports revealed that Gov. Maggie Hassan, along with Attorney General Joseph Foster, have approached the NH Board of Medicine, asking them to use emergency powers to implement a series of significant changes to policies for prescribing opioid pain-killers.

The recommended changes included:

Oct 21, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20 the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to increase prescription co-pays for all state retirees.

The co-pay increase is one of several proposed measures to close a roughly $10 million projected deficit in the retiree health insurance program.

Oct 29, 2015

On Wednesday, October 28 Governor Maggie Hassan (D) and Republican legislative leaders announced their legislative priorities to combat substance abuse.

There is some overlap in the proposals.  The Governor and the legislative leaders both support the following initiatives:

Dec 16, 2015

On Tuesday, December 15 the Joint Task Force for the Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic issued its recommendations

The Task Force supports voting on the following before the end of January:

Dec 18, 2015

Rep. Frank Edelblut is sponsoring a 2016 “Right to Try” bill, which allows patients with terminal illnesses to try experimental treatments without government approval.

Right now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows terminal patients to request access to experimental drugs.  Each request is reviewed within thirty days.

Aug 03, 2016

The California Drug Price Relief Act will appear on the state's November 2016 ballot. The act mandates that any programs for which California serves as the ultimate payer - believed to include prison healthcare, Medicaid, state employee and retiree healthcare plans - pay no more for prescription drugs than the prices paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oct 24, 2016

Thirty-five states, including Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, are suing drug manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (Invidior) for deliberately trying to prevent or delay the release of generic medications that would compete with their drug Suboxone.

Nov 30, 2016

According to the annual report from New Hampshire’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), the number of highly addictive opioid prescriptions decreased by roughly 10% from 2015 to 2016. 


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