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In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


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

FDA is planning to ban unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes

September 12, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that FDA intends to finalize a compliance policy that will clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors, in response to growing numbers of children using e-cigarettes.

Purdue Pharma proposes deal to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits—but some states are holding out

September 12, 2019


Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

FTC cracks down on CBD products with unsupported claims they treat diseases

September 12, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has warned three companies for advertising that their cannabidiol products can treat medical conditions without evidence to support those claims.

FDA warns Juul for marketing products as safer than traditional cigarettes

September 11, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has warned e-cigarette maker Juul Labs for illegally marketing its nicotine pods as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, and for doing so in a presentation to youth at a U.S. school.

Mallinckrodt reaches settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

September 10, 2019


Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that it has reached a "settlement in principle" with two Ohio counties in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next month that claims opioid drugmakers, distributors, and others contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

Why even doctors with opioid use disorder seldom get 'the gold standard' of care

September 9, 2019


While medication-assisted treatment is considered "the gold standard" for managing opioid-related substance use disorders, most state programs for health care professionals seeking to recover from opioid use disorders often deny access to such medications.

What's behind the recent vaping deaths? Health officials may have a lead.

September 6, 2019


Federal and state health officials this week announced they have identified high levels of vitamin E acetate in samples of marijuana vaping products that have been linked to a deadly lung illness affecting patients across the United States.

He died of an overdose—after $110,000 in substance use disorder treatment

September 6, 2019


Sean Blake died of a drug-related overdose in August 2017, after nearly a decade cycling in and out of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs that cost his family $110,000—a story that highlights the flaws in the U.S. SUD treatment system.

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