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FDA cracks down on tobacco sales at Walgreens, Circle K stores

February 8, 2019

FDA on Thursday announced that it has asked a federal judge to temporarily prohibit a Walgreens store in Miami and a Circle K store in South Carolina from selling certain tobacco products, after the stores were cited for more than five violations over 36 months for selling tobacco products to minors.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion requirements

February 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and set certain building and equipment standards for facilities where abortions are performed.

DOJ files suit to stop nation's first supervised injection site

February 8, 2019

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to stop a Philadelphia group from opening the nation's first medically supervised injection site—a controversial approach intended to address the United States' opioid epidemic.

In the states: California exchange officials call for a reinsurance program, Kentucky delays Medicaid work requirements, and more

February 8, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

4 doctors self-reported errors that didn't harm any patients. Now they're facing subpoenas.

February 7, 2019

At least four emergency department doctors at Rhode Island Hospital are facing allegations of medical misconduct from the state's Department of Health after they self-reported mistakes, including "wrong-side" X-rays, that did not harm any patients—and the move has alarmed experts, who say officials are inappropriately targeting individual doctors rather than trying to resolve systemic problems.

Up to 90K veterans exposed to Agent Orange could get disability benefits under new court order

February 5, 2019

A federal court last week ordered Veterans Affairs (VA) to award disability benefits to as many as 90,000 so-called "Blue Water" Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but VA could appeal the ruling.

Judge dismisses Maryland lawsuit seeking to defend ACA

February 4, 2019

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) that was intended to serve as a countermeasure to a separate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality.

Inside the first criminal trial alleging pharma execs played a role in the opioid epidemic

January 30, 2019

A federal prosecutor on Monday accused former Insys Therapeutics CEO John Kapoor and four of the company's other executives of contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic by using illegal marketing tactics to drive up sales of the opioid drug Subsys—but Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer representing Kapoor, says the charges are "patently false."

Judge questions Trump admin's intent in issuing AHP rule

January 29, 2019

A federal judge on Thursday questioned whether the Trump administration's final rule to expand U.S. residents' access to association health plans was intended to reshape the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

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