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Feb 17, 2017, 16:41 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Convenes Inaugural Meeting for the First State Interagency Health Equity Team in the Nation

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy has convened the inaugural meeting for the Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team, the first state-led...


Feb 16, 2017, 12:43 ET Department of Health Reports Seoul Virus Infection in Pennsylvania Pet Rat; No Confirmed Human Infections to Date

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that one pet rat in a Pennsylvania home-based breeding facility has tested positive for the...


Feb 16, 2017, 08:56 ET With Flu Activity High, Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians It's Not Too Late To Get Flu Shot

The Department of Health is reminding everyone in Pennsylvania that there is still time to get immunized against the flu as the number...


Feb 10, 2017, 14:01 ET PA Physician General and Secretary of Aging Visit Wilkes-Barre Pharmacy to Demonstrate How to Purchase and Use Naloxone

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre today to...


Feb 06, 2017, 15:09 ET Pennsylvanians Warned of Dangers of Fentanyl Following Recent Cluster of Fatal Overdoses in Philadelphia

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith are warning Pennsylvanians of the potentially...


Feb 01, 2017, 12:12 ET Secretary of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Their Blood Pressure Checked During American Heart Month

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy urged all Pennsylvanians, especially women, to get their blood pressure checked during a special...


Jan 26, 2017, 09:19 ET Secretary of Health Urges U.S. Legislators to Consider How Repealing ACA Could Eliminate Critical Health Funding for the Commonwealth

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy is urging the commonwealth's U.S. Congressional delegation to consider the effect that repealing the...


Jan 18, 2017, 15:22 ET Physician General and Local School Superintendent Visit Bedford County Pharmacy to Stress the Importance of Obtaining and Knowing How to Use Naloxone

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Mark Kudlawiec, Superintendent of Chestnut Ridge School District, visited Whysong's Pharmacy...


Jan 17, 2017, 15:16 ET PA Department of Health Releases Medical Marijuana Program Permit Applications for Growers/Processors and Dispensaries

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries...


Jan 13, 2017, 12:00 ET PA Secretary of Health Highlights Wolf Administration's Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic at Misericordia University Public Forum

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today addressed a crowd of students, professors, and community members at Misericordia University and discussed...


Jan 11, 2017, 14:30 ET Physician General, Montgomery County Commissioner and Adapt Pharma Representative Fill Naloxone Prescription and Discuss the Fight against Pennsylvania's Opioid Epidemic

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, and Matt Ruth of Adapt Pharma visited Weis...


Jan 09, 2017, 13:00 ET Department of Health Offering Free Flu Shots, Promoting Opioid Overdose Awareness, and Demonstrating Hands-Only CPR at Pennsylvania Farm Show

The Department of Health is offering free flu shots all week at its booth at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show. The booth will also offer...


Jan 04, 2017, 12:01 ET Physician General Joins State Veterans Affairs Medical Official and Area Agency on Aging Representative to Fill Naloxone Prescription at Pharmacy Using Standing Order

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today joined Dr. Gregory Lynch from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Linda...


Dec 29, 2016, 15:05 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Recommends Adding Healthy Choices to Your New Year's Resolution List

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged Pennsylvanians to add easy health choices to their list of New Year's resolutions. "Many...


Dec 23, 2016, 11:39 ET Medical Marijuana Laboratory Temporary Regulations to Appear in Pennsylvania Bulletin

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that temporary regulations for laboratories responsible for testing medical marijuana will...


Dec 21, 2016, 12:58 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania

At her regular briefing of the status of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced...


Dec 20, 2016, 15:52 ET Physician General Joins Emergency Medical Services Chief to Fill Naloxone Prescription at Walgreens Pharmacy using Standing Order

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today joined Topton Ambulance Chief of Emergency Medical Services Tyler Bard at the Walgreens in...


Dec 19, 2016, 11:12 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Recommends Testing for Patients of Berks County Dental Office After Investigation Finds It Did Not Follow Infection Control Procedures

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has advised patients of the Center for Family and Specialty Dentistry in Reading, Berks County, they might be...


Dec 15, 2016, 15:19 ET Pennsylvania Physician General Joins School Nurse to Fill Naloxone Prescription at CVS Pharmacy using Standing Order

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today joined a high school nurse at a CVS Pharmacy to demonstrate how to fill prescriptions for...


Dec 14, 2016, 10:12 ET Pennsylvanians Urged to Use Extreme Caution as Dangerously Cold Weather Expected in the Commonwealth

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging everyone to take extra precautions to prevent serious health issues as near-zero temperatures...


Dec 12, 2016, 15:06 ET Physician General Joins Community Health Nurses to Fill Naloxone Prescription at Johnstown Pharmacy using Standing Order

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today joined community health nurses at Martella's Health Mart Pharmacy in Johnstown to...


Dec 09, 2016, 15:35 ET Medical Marijuana Temporary Regulations for Dispensaries to be Published in Tomorrow's Pennsylvania Bulletin

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today announced temporary regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries under Act 16 are...


Dec 08, 2016, 11:46 ET PA Wolf Administration Officials Release Safe Prescribing Guidelines for Anxiety and Insomnia Medications to Help Curb Overdose Risk

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis released safe prescribing guidelines for...


Dec 07, 2016, 14:47 ET PA Department of Health Employees Give to Families in Need for Commonwealth's 27th Annual Holiday Wish Program Event

The Department of Health joined Governor Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania agencies in donating presents to families in need as part of the...


Dec 06, 2016, 11:00 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Seeking Public Input on Medical Marijuana Permit Application Process

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged individuals interested in applying for a medical marijuana grower/processor...