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State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019

Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Drug companies reach last-minute settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 21, 2019

Two Ohio counties reached a $260 million settlement with three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker over their alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic, potentially averting a highly anticipated federal court case.

Major US drug distributors, manufacturers seek to settle thousands of opioid cases for $50B

October 17, 2019

Three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and two manufacturers have reportedly reached an agreement to collectively pay nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments to settle a consolidated case of thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies helped fuel the opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the deal.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019

Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

Half of US residents have been impacted by substance misuse, survey shows

October 16, 2019

Almost half of adults in the United States say substance misuse has impacted their families, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The right way to taper patients off of opioids, according to HHS

October 14, 2019

HHS on Thursday released a guide outlining the steps clinicians should take to taper patients off of opioid prescriptions without causing patients harm.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

Federal judge OKs nation's first 'safe injection' site

October 4, 2019

A federal judge this week ruled that a Philadelphia nonprofit can open a medically supervised injection site under U.S. law, an unprecedented ruling that could open the door for other cities to pursue so-called "safe-injection" sites to combat the opioid epidemic.

DOJ inspectors slam DEA's efforts to prevent opioid epidemic

October 3, 2019

The Drug Enforcement Administration did not do enough to regulate the U.S. opioid supply over the past 20 years, even as the country's opioid epidemic worsened, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General.

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