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On a mostly party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill aimed at lowering prescription drug prices.

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Practically everyone is frustrated by high prescription drug prices. Voters have made clear they want Congress to do something about them.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that tries to deliver on that. It was a mostly party line vote — all Democrats voted to pass it, along with two Republicans.

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The high cost of prescription drugs has led more than one in four Mainers to stop taking a medication.

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Maine Democrats and health advocates are praising an announcement Wednesday from the Trump administration that it will explore ways to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A growing number of states including Maine are passing laws in hopes of helping patients get the medication they want.

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Gov. Janet Mills has signed a package of four bills aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drugs in Maine.

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A study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) details what doctors nationwide are calling the next drug crisis. From 2005 to 2015, benzodiazepine prescriptions increased 50 percent. We’ll examine the role of benzodiazepines in the treatment of anxiety, pain management, as well as a possible link to the opioid crisis.

The Maine Senate unanimously passed four bills aimed at lowering prescription drug prices on Tuesday.

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The joint Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services heard several hours of testimony Wednesday on a packet of bills designed to give Mainers more options in obtaining affordable prescription drugs.

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The United States spends more per capita on prescription drugs than nearly a dozen other high income countries. In recent years, the prices of brand name drugs have shot up more than 60 percent.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Democrats in the Maine Senate plan to roll-out legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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As several bills to control prescription drug prices make their way through Congress, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is chairing a two-day hearing on the issue.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King says he is proposing legislation that would allow consumers to send unused and unneeded prescription drugs through the mail to a national disposal program.

He says it's part of an effort to address the huge drug abuse problem facing the nation, fueled by prescription drugs, "which is where a lot of this problem starts," he says. "Four out of five new heroin addicts started out on prescription drugs."