Whitmer Signs Law Allowing "Remote" Pharmacies In Michigan

Jan 28, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People will be able to pick up prescriptions at certain Michigan pharmacies that aren't staffed by an on-site pharmacist under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The measure enacted last week allows for “remote" pharmacies, which proponents support as a way to expand access to pharmacy services and improve health outcomes in rural and underserved areas.

Pharmacists at “parent" pharmacies will be able to use an audio and video link to review prescriptions before they're dispensed by pharmacy technicians.


U.S. Surgeon General – and former Indiana Health Commissioner – Jerome Adams says additional screenings could offer Indiana college students more information about their potential for drug overdose and addiction.

Speaking Monday at Purdue University, Adams talked about what he called his own family’s genetic predisposition to addiction, and suggested that first-year students could benefit from taking an exam which correlates adverse childhood experiences with a likelihood for addiction later in life.

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The search for pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia has so far been unsuccessful, but a new drug discovery center aims to change that.

The National Institutes of Health is gifting $36 million to fund the new center, one of two to be established nationwide.  The Indiana University School of Medicine will partner with Purdue University to develop research tools and technologies to identify new treatment options.

Alan Palkowitz will lead the center.  He was previously the vice president of discovery chemistry research at Eli Lilly.

St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office

The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office has announced a man has been arrested after 38 weapons were seized and drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and meth were found during a search associated with the arrest.

Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police say two people were arrested after a pursuit on the Toll Road in Elkhart County early Thursday morning. Police say the Merecedes involved was stolen out of St. Joseph County. During the pursuit, police say suspected drugs were being thrown out of the vehicle. A bag of suspected meth was found inside a baby seat according to police.

A South Bend woman and a Michigan City man were taken into custody. 

Read more below in the release from Indiana State Police. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Corrections has confirmed the state doesn't have the necessary drugs to execute any of the eight men who are on death row.

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A team of Indiana researchers received a national grant to study the use of an app aimed at older patients.  The tool is designed to help patients avoid drugs linked to dementia.

The class of drugs called anticholinergics are used to treat conditions ranging from depression to allergies.  But they have been linked to an increased chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.    

Regenstrief Institute research scientist Richard Holden developed an app called Brain Safe. It aims to increase education and communication with providers among older patients taking these drugs.

Indiana Marks 100 Problem-Solving Courts

Apr 8, 2019

Indiana marks a milestone with the addition of an alternative court in Pulaski County.  The state now has 100 problem-solving courts

Problem-solving courts tackle the underlying issues people face including substance abuse and mental health.  The latest specialized court to be certified in Indiana is a veteran’s treatment court. The courts offer treatment instead of incarceration and involve judges and community service teams who work with individuals to navigate the system. 

Indianapolis-based drug company Eli Lilly says it will soon start selling a cheaper insulin for diabetic patients. The move comes amid outcry over high drug prices.