Sanders welcomes senior Obama Administration health official to Vermont

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:10pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and the senior Obama administration official responsible for improving access to health care met here today with representatives from 11 community health centers throughout Vermont.

Mary Wakefield, who heads the Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, joined Sanders at a news conference to discuss what the senator has called a crisis in primary care in the United States.

Zohydro maker wants 'a common sense approach' to appropriate drug use

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 8:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The following is a statement from the manufacturer of Zohydro ER, a recently approved opioid pain management medication. Governor Shumlin, in an effort to limit the abuse of prescription opioids because of their relationship to an ongoing opioid abuse problem in Vermont, through prescription medication and heroin, has called on the FDA to reverse its approval of Zohydro. The advocacy groups referenced below suggest that a broader approach needs to be taken than banning just one medication. 

Workforce issues may be linchpin in economic development bill

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:55am -- tim

by Hilary Niles Workforce development emerged Wednesday as a wobbly cornerstone of economic development legislation being negotiated between two key House and Senate committees.

A single bill encapsulates both committees’ visions for Vermont’s economy. S.220 contains provisions for entrepreneurial lending, access to credit for small businesses, energy costs for manufacturers, domestic export promotion, computer crimes, intellectual property, demographics and tourism, to name a few.