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 •  December 11, 2017

Miracle Kratom CEO Christian DeVere thinks most people would be surprised by the kinds of folks who come to his West Side business to peruse bag after bag of the botanical substance kratom that fill his shop’s glass cases. He also sells the substance in capsules as well energy shots. But his target audience isn’t necessarily those in need of a...

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 •  November 8, 2017

Jon DiSabato of Clintonville votes at the voting station located at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio on Glenmont Ave. [Jonathan Quilter/Dispatch] By Megan Henry @megankhenry Ohio voters rejected a controversial ballot initiative aimed at reining in rising prescription drug prices after pharmaceutical companies raised a record-breaking...

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 •  August 8, 2017

Members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an international association of drug manufacturers, put $15.8 million into the campaign opposing State Issue 2, an initiated statute that will appear on the Nov. 7 statewide ballot. [Dispatch file photo] While an association of big drug makers hasn’t divulged which members...

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 •  July 25, 2017

"At a time when we in the U.S. pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for our medicine, the rest of the country is looking for Ohio citizens to take the first step in lowering drug prices," Sanders said in a statement. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act that voters will...

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 •  July 24, 2017

Ohioans surely can sympathize with the intent behind the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, an initiative that will appear as Issue 2 on the Nov. 7 ballot. But, if passed, this law would not bring any sanity to exorbitant drug prices. Nor would it end predatory pricing by drugmakers. Nor would it do what its name misleadingly suggests. More likely,...

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 •  June 27, 2017

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies could result in a big financial settlement for the state, potentially tens of millions of dollars. But whatever the amount — assuming for the moment that DeWine is successful — pales by comparison to the $25.7 billion tax break that Big PhRMA would reap from the Better...

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 •  June 6, 2017

The Columbus Dispatch @ohioaj The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and its statewide business clout is opposing the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act voters will decide this November. Andrew E. Doehrel, president and CEO of the chamber, said the ballot issue is “yet another example of an out-of-state special interest misusing Ohio’s ballot access process in an...

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 •  May 22, 2017

Hide caption The campaign on the drug-price initiative could be the most costly in Ohio history, topping the $64 million spent on a failed casino issue in 2008. [Dispatch file photo] The Columbus Dispatch @ohioaj Everyone wants to pay less for prescription drugs. That’s the selling point for supporters of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act heading into...

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 •  May 16, 2017

The Columbus Dispatch @ccandisky The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act will have a high-profile bipartisan campaign team working to pass the ballot issue in the Nov. 7 election. Financed in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the act would require state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of...

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 •  March 28, 2017

The Columbus Dispatch @JoAnneViviano Nathan Frim calls Dr. Michael Racke a miracle worker. The 44-year-old Frim, who has multiple sclerosis, used to take a pill every day, but his disease progressed. In the past, there wasn't much Racke or other doctors could do. But along came a drug called ocrelizumab. It's Racke's magic wand. The drug, expected...