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The American Medical Association filed suit to block North Dakota’s new law requiring physicians to give “misleading or even patently false, non-medical information” to women asking about abortion. Here’s the AMA’s press release and here’s the full legal complaint.
Two more kratom vendors got FDA warning letters, telling them to stop making claims that their products can relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms.
And the agency scored another court victory in its effort to shut down U.S. Stem Cell, a Florida clinic selling autologous adipose cell-based treatments for a host of ailments.
Surprised? New research finds that doctors selling unproven stem-cell therapies have little training for the diseases they purport to treat. (Nature)
Key court ruling expected next month: whether opioid manufacturers can negate lawsuits through bankruptcy filings. (Reuters)
Virginia cardiologist Gary Swank, MD, reportedly murdered while fly-fishing in Belize. (Newsweek)
It’s official: recreational cannabis is now legal in Illinois. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Meanwhile, as San Francisco bans the sale of e-cigarettes, city native Juul Labs fights back with a ballot initiative aimed at overturning the measure. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A leukemia patient’s death after a Serratia marcescens-tainted blood transfusion turned out to be the “adverse event” at MD Anderson Cancer Center that led to increased CMS oversight. (Houston Chronicle)
Any legitimacy to Bernie Sanders’ claim that healthcare costs kill 30,000 Americans each year? Not really … or maybe. (Kaiser Health News)
Federal judge says no to generic fingolimod (Gilenya) for multiple sclerosis until patent litigation is decided or settled. (Reuters)
And the FDA declined to approve of celiprolol (Edsivo) for vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, requiring another trial. (FierceBiotech)
Hospitals make little suing for unpaid bills, but some aggressively target delinquent patients and make their own rules on who to go after. (NPR)
Another culprit in the opioid epidemic: the judges who for a decade sealed evidence on how Oxycontin’s pain relieving effects wore off far more quickly than advertised. (NBC News/Reuters)
New Jersey’s health commissioner announced that paramedics in the state can carry buprenorphine to ease withdrawal symptoms for overdose patients who receive naloxone (Narcan).
How beta-blockers for stage fright turned into an addiction. (Slate)
Two decades ago the pharmaceutical industry was suing South Africa to keep generic drug competition away from HIV patients, now access to affordable treatments is at an all-time high across the continent. Here’s what changed. (New York Times)
A Politico investigation says the Department of Agriculture is burying government-funded climate change research showing the adverse effects on health and crops.
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