HEALTH

Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer of powerful prescription pain killers sold in lollipop form.The Food and Drug Administration approved the product only for cancer patients experiencing otherwise untreatable pain, but Herring alleges Teva Pharmaceutical and its predecessor, Cephalon, promoted them to doctors for...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican...
By Eric Everington/ Capital News Service After a spike in deaths during the first half of the year, Virginia officials are projecting a record number of drug overdose fatalities in 2019. Data released Friday by Virginia’s chief medical examiner shows a big increase in deaths between January and June from overdoses of...
This year’s General Assembly elections have led to sharp exchanges between Democrats and Republicans on health care, which poll after poll has shown voters view as a top issue.But with candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigning on promises to ensure access to affordable care, it’s not always...
In response to a Kaiser Health News investigation into the University of Virginia Health System’s aggressive collection practices, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter Thursday demanding answers to questions about UVA’s billing practices, financial assistance policies and even its prices.Over six years, the state institution...
By Paulette McElwainThe Supreme Court just demonstrated exactly how crucial the Nov. 5 election will be for the future of access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. The court announced it will review a Louisiana abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the...
The state’s largest city unanimously added a request to its legislative agenda Tuesday night to ban conversion therapy in the state.Virginia Beach’s only gay councilmember, Michael Berlucchi, and the city’s Human Rights Commission added the issue to the city’s package of statewide priorities. Being the state’s largest city puts weight...
It used to be that Jay Taylor smoked his first cigarette — a Marlboro Red — before getting out of bed in the morning. By the time most days were over, he would have smoked three packs.Taylor worked at UNOS, which manages organ transplants, so he knew that smoking...
VCU Health, the major Richmond medical system that includes the state’s largest teaching hospital, said it will no longer file lawsuits against its patients, ending a practice that has affected tens of thousands of people over the years.VCU’s in-house physician group filed more than 56,000 lawsuits against patients for...
By Georgia Geen/ Capital News Service One person has died in Virginia from a lung injury associated with vaping, as the number of illnesses linked to e-cigarette use increases in the state and across the country, the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday. The death was reported by Cone Health in...