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Aug 14, 2017, 11:14 ET Wolf Administration To Distribute Free Potassium Iodide August 24 for Pennsylvanians Near the State's Five Nuclear Power Plants

As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets on...


Aug 08, 2017, 16:07 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection Report First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2017

Pennsylvania's first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2017 has been detected in a Montgomery County resident. The...


Aug 08, 2017, 13:00 ET Wolf Administration and Carlisle School Leaders Team Up to Remind Parents That it's Time for Back-to-School Vaccinations

Today, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, and Executive Deputy Secretary of...


Aug 03, 2017, 15:49 ET Wolf Administration Leaders Urge Pennsylvania Residents to Take Steps to Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites

Wolf administration officials at a visit to Gifford Pinchot State Park today reminded residents they can take steps to prevent mosquito and tick...


Jul 28, 2017, 15:30 ET Wolf Administration Officials Join Luzerne County Fire Chief to Highlight Need to Equip All First Responders with Life-Saving Naloxone

Wolf Administration officials today joined Wilkes-Barre City Fire Chief Jay Delaney to highlight how naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose...


Jul 27, 2017, 14:58 ET Wolf Administration Reminds Residents Affected by Flooding to Make Sure Vaccinations are Up-to-Date

With recent flooding throughout the commonwealth and additional flooding possible over the next few days, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician...


Jul 26, 2017, 10:57 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches Practitioner Registry for Medical Marijuana Program

Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today announced that physicians can now take the first steps to participate in...


Jul 14, 2017, 12:11 ET Department of Health Alerts Public of Possible Measles Exposures in State College

Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today alerted residents of State College Borough, Centre County, that...


Jun 29, 2017, 14:24 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Grants Medical Marijuana Permits for Dispensaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today granted 27 dispensary permits for medical marijuana dispensaries. The permittees will now have six...


Jun 20, 2017, 13:30 ET Department of Health Releases 12 Medical Marijuana Permits for Growers/Processors

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released information on the issuance of 12 permits for medical marijuana growers/processors in the...


Jun 07, 2017, 16:39 ET PA Department of Health Orders Dauphin County Facility to Suspend Services

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that the department has ordered Hillcrest Women's Medical Center in Harrisburg to suspend...


Jun 02, 2017, 10:10 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Finalizes Temporary Regulations for Physicians to Participate in Medical Marijuana Program

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that regulations for physicians to participate in the medical marijuana program will be...


May 26, 2017, 14:03 ET Wolf Administration Thanks EMS Providers During EMS Week

Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today observed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week by thanking the commonwealth's EMS providers for their role...


May 25, 2017, 15:50 ET Department of Health Alerts Public of Possible Measles Exposure at Endless Mountains Welcome Center in Northeast Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today alerted travelers they may have been exposed to measles at the Endless Mountains Welcome Center in...


May 16, 2017, 15:46 ET Pennsylvania Physician General and Dauphin County Coroner Discuss Benzodiazepine Prescribing Guidelines

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine met with Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick to discuss the Wolf Administration's prescribing guidelines for...


May 12, 2017, 09:06 ET Secretary of Health Highlights Pennsylvania's Innovative Health Care Initiatives for Rural Residents to International Providers

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy spoke at the Rural and Northern Health Care Leadership Conference held in Toronto, Canada,...


May 03, 2017, 14:51 ET Physician General Discusses Wolf Administration's $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisis for Pennsylvania Medical Society Event

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today explained how the Wolf Administration plans to use the $26.5 million 21st Century Cures Grant in its...


May 02, 2017, 09:52 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Releases 2017 Report on Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Backlogged Evidence

Today, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy released the 2017 Report on Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Backlogged Evidence outlining the progress...


Apr 21, 2017, 14:48 ET Physician General and Department of Aging Chief Medical Officer Address Opioid Addiction in Older Pennsylvanians

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Department of Aging's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Galinsky today visited Senior LIFE Reading...


Apr 20, 2017, 09:30 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Selects Vendor for Medical Marijuana 'Seed-to-Sale' Tracking System

Today, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy announced that the Department of Health has selected MJ Freeway to implement the seed-to-sale electronic...


Apr 17, 2017, 16:47 ET The Pennsylvania Department of Health Seeking Two Individuals Who May Have Been Bitten by Possible Rabid Ferret near Hustontown, Fulton County

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning Fulton County residents of a potentially rabid black and white ferret that bit one individual and...


Apr 14, 2017, 14:28 ET Physician General Partners with Agricultural Community Leaders to Highlight the Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Rural Pennsylvanians

Today, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine visited Weis Markets in Mifflintown, Juniata County, to discuss the opioid epidemic's effects on...


Apr 12, 2017, 20:00 ET Pennsylvania Physician General Outlines Wolf Administration Initiatives to Fight Opioid Epidemic during Tamaqua Town Hall Meeting on Heroin

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today participated in a town hall meeting at Tamaqua Area Middle School in Schuylkill County and highlighted...


Apr 11, 2017, 09:14 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Asking for Input on Medical Marijuana Temporary Regulations for Physicians

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today urged the medical community to provide feedback on proposed temporary regulations...


Apr 07, 2017, 16:09 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Holds Zika Response Exercise

Today, the Department of Health held an exercise to bolster the state and local preparedness and response plans for potential future cases of...