Prescription Drugs

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Niagara Falls Monday morning to promote a package of bills that she and other backers say will reel in rising prescription drug costs.

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Issues impacting older adults — including lowering prescription drug prices, tax relief for caregivers and large Medicaid cuts — will be some of the major issues during New York state’s 2020 legislative session. 


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Anyone who’s ever watched television has probably heard this: Ask your doctor if taking this medication is right for you.

The University at Buffalo wants older adults to start asking their doctors if stopping certain medications is right for them.


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared in Niagara Falls Friday morning, calling for passage of multiple bills that, she says, will lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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Ontario's Liberal government says it will expand its pharmacare program, offering free prescription drugs to people 65 and older.

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The visual images on television were very clear: Republicans were vocal in their praise of President Trump's State of the Union message, while Democrats were not wearing out their hands with applause. However, there was one issue that seemed to cross the aisle: infrastructure.

While the numbers make it clear that an opioid epidemic is raging across the United States, the origins of that epidemic are subject to debate. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - and 40 of his fellow state attorneys general - want to fully explore the role played by four major manufacturers of prescription opioids.

NYS getting $25M for mobile addiction centers

Sep 15, 2017
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office

New York State is getting $25 million in federal funds to help fight the opioid addiction epidemic.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that blocks local governments from billing pharmaceutical companies to dispose of unused prescription drugs. That is the position of Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, who is sponsoring legislation to hold drug companies accountable.

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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has identified millions of dollars in uncollected Medicaid monies.

New step therapy law called step in right direction

Feb 1, 2017
National Public Radio

Advocates are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signing of new step therapy legislation for 2017. However, health insurers are projecting an additional half-billion dollars in drug costs because of the law.

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We’ve all heard jolting reports about opioid abuse becoming a growing problem in our region.

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They say they best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That could explain why so many salesmen pitch products to clients over dinner and drinks. But what happens when that client is the person you trust with you and your family’s health? One Buffalo resident is shining some light on how pharmaceutical representatives feed your doctor and how it impacts drug sales.

Schumer calls on DEA to allow pharmacy takebacks

Oct 23, 2013
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To help curb prescription drug abuse, Senator Charles Schumer says he wants to make it easier for people to dispose of old or unwanted prescription drugs.

The Director of Nursing at a long-term care facility associated with Sisters Hospital is accused of illegally selling prescription drugs out of her office.

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Law enforcement agents targeted Allegany County on Friday, arresting eleven suspects in a drug sting operation.

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A prescription drug discount card, accepted at thousands of pharmacies, is now available free for anyone in Western New York.

Law protecting overdose witnesses highlighted

May 2, 2013
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An effort is underway to help save people from fatal drug overdoses, which are now the leading cause of accidental death in New York State.

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An investigation by New York State auditors has found numerous lapses in the oversight controls regarding prescription refills.

Errors were discovered in more than 300,000 prescriptions. The errors included expired scripts being filled, repeat refills beyond the prescribed limit and other issues. Authorities believe these matters have led to the increased misuse of prescription drugs.

Stricter controls are being pursued.

Saturday is designated National Drug Take-back Day.

The recognition is an effort to rid American homes of unused prescription drugs. Abuse of these drugs has become a growing problem across the nation. The effort has already disposed of nearly 500 tons of unused drugs over two years.

There are many locations accepting drugs in counties across Western New York. They can be found at

This Saturday is the 4th annual National Take Back Initiative.  It's a time when you can rid yourself of prescription drugs you no longer need or want.        

This nationwide DEA campaign has worked well in recent years, with over 500 tons of unwanted prescription drugs turned in, including 10 tons in Western New York. 

Speaking at the West Seneca Senior Center today, U.S. Attorney William Hochul urged citizens not to dispose of the drugs themselves, but rather to turn them in at any one of 33 venues sprinkled across the region for proper disposal, no questions asked.

Prescription drug abuse is endemic across America, resulting in 27,000 deaths annually. New York's top law enforcer thinks there is a solution.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled a bill dubbed "I-STOP" one year ago, a proposed law he hopes can be approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in the coming months.

I-STOP, an acronym for Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing, establishes an online database that allows doctors and pharmacists to report and track certain controlled narcotics in real time.

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For anyone who takes  prescription drugs at a certain time of the day, there is a new way of remembering.   All Tops Pharmacies have introduced the Rx Timer Cap. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to a Tops store to learn more about the new prescription bottles for consumers.

The new prescription bottles contain a built-in-LCD timer.

It fits a patients standard vial of medication...
Heidi Polek is manager of pharmacy operations at Tops.  For some patients its very risky if they fail to take a drug on-time.

Cross-border prescription drug ring busted

Oct 13, 2011
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Federal and local law enforcement uncovered a cross-border prescription drug ring. A man from Canada was conducting drug trade in a Buffalo suburb.

56-year-old Joseph Julien of Stevensville, Ontario and 20-year-old Kevin Hinca of Depew were arrested yesterday. They are accused with smuggling oxycontin into the U.S.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said prescription drug abuse is the fasting growing drug problem in America.