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Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Purdue Pharma is looking to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits, sources say

August 28, 2019


Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, are in discussions with state and local governments to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against the company over its alleged contribution to the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

HHS appeals judge's ruling against requiring drug prices in TV ads

August 22, 2019


HHS on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's ruling that struck down a final rule that would require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

E-cigarette makers take FDA to court over 'arbitrary' product review deadline

August 21, 2019


The Vapor Technology Association, an e-cigarette and vaping industry group, and Vapor Stockroom last week filed a lawsuit that argues FDA set an "arbitrary" deadline for e-cigarette makers to submit premarket authorization applications for their devices.

Planned Parenthood will no longer participate in Title X program

August 20, 2019


A federal appeals court on Friday again allowed a final rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from providing abortions or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care to take effect, prompting Planned Parenthood on Monday to announce plans to officially exit the program.

Four more states sue over Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

August 19, 2019


Four more states and Washington, D.C., on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

See the 13 graphic cigarette warning labels FDA just proposed

August 16, 2019


FDA on Thursday unveiled 13 proposed graphic warning labels about the health risks of smoking that, if finalized, would appear on the packaging of all cigarettes sold in the United States. See the proposed warning labels—and what experts are saying about their effectiveness.

13 states take Trump admin to court over ‘public charge’ rule

August 16, 2019


Thirteen states and two California counties this week filed lawsuits against the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

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