Benefit program deadline approaching

By Pete Domenici: Guest columnist The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to sign […]

La Casa offers clarity on Medicare program

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers La Casa de Buena Salud healthcare officials are offering enrollment help for those who have not signed up for the new Medicare prescription drug program. Debra Herman, pharmacist clinician and director of pharmacy services for La Casa de Buena Salud, said since the start of enrollment in the Medicare program […]

Inhaler’s threat to environment negligible at best

Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended that an over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold as Primatene Mist be taken off the market. The stated reason is not that the product has harmed any asthma patients, but that the inhalers are propelled by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the compounds that allegedly destroy […]

Senior department holding meeting

CNJ staff The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be holding a series of educational meetings throughout the state to discuss the new Medicare prescription drug plans. Representatives will conduct a Clovis meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Friendship Senior Center located at 901 West 13th. The meeting is free and open […]

Clinical trials are prescription for marijuana

Freedom Newspapers During U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich, the latest medical marijuana case, Justice Stephen Breyer said last month that instead of passing a patchwork of state laws, medical marijuana advocates would be better off petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to have marijuana, or cannabis, reclassified as a prescription drug. […]

Clovis pharmacist’s license revoked

Staff and wire reports STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS CLOVIS — The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy on Thursday revoked a Clovis pharmacist’s license for altering quantities of prescription drugs and dispensing drugs without a prescription. The board also fined Joel J. Butler — a registered pharmacist and owner of Medical Center Pharmacy in Clovis — […]

District 63 debate touches on broad range of subjects

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Russell Grider, left, and Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, took part in a candidate forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Both are candidates for the District 63 office.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]