prescription drugs

Illinois lawmakers want to research the rising costs of prescription drugs, especially the price of prescription drugs.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited SwedishAmerican hospital in Rockford Tuesday to highlight the importance of reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

He discussed three bills that take aim at this problem. The first is known as the Remedy Act, and Durbin says it would limit the abuse of patents to prevent generic drugs from threatening a drug company’s monopoly.

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Makers of generic pharmaceuticals are pushing back against an attempt to regulate prices in the industry.

A measure would allow the Illinois attorney general to investigate if a price increase goes above a certain level. Companies can avoid penalties if they can show the hike is because of increased manufacturing costs. 

State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) says drug prices are often left unregulated because insurance covers the costs. 

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Check your medicine cabinet. Still have painkillers left from dental surgery years ago? Leftover prescription drugs can end up in the wrong hands or contaminating the environment, but there are ways to get rid of your unneeded pills safely.

The Rockford Police Department now has prescription-drug drop-off boxes in all three of its district stations.

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Dr. Richard Ng pleaded guilty in a Federal court in Rockford to illegally dispensing drugs.  

The physician operated the Sauk Medical Clinic in DeKalb and Sterling.  According to plea reports, he dispensed drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine sulfate outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.  Investigators says he provided the drugs to undercover federal agents after a minimal examination, even after hearing from the undercover officers that they were sharing pills.  

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DeKalb residents can safely discard old or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m this Saturday at the DeKalb Police Department on Lincoln Highway.

The drop-off is anonymous and free.

Sergeant Chad McNett heads community relations for the department. They will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency for the event. This weekend's collection is one of two held locally every year.