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CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and other major pharmacy chains filed lawsuits against unnamed doctors in northeast Ohio, saying physicians are to blame for the nation’s prescription opioid crisis. (Washington Post)
Every $1 increase in minimum wage was associated with a 3.5% to 6% decline in the U.S. suicide rate during 1990-2015, particularly during periods of high unemployment. (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health)
Teleflex announced that its UroLift System for treating symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia received FDA clearance for an expanded indication to treat men with larger prostates.
The American Action Network, a conservative group with drug company ties, launched a $4 million ad campaign targeting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing bill and supporting a GOP alternative. (STAT)
Medicaid expansion slowed the rate of health decline among low-income adults in 12 Southern states. (Health Affairs)
Teva agreed to pay $54 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it paid doctors as speakers and consultants at sham events to induce them to prescribe Copaxone, a multiple sclerosis drug, and Azilect, a medication that treats Parkinson’s symptoms. (Fierce Pharma)
Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of the best-selling memoir “Prozac Nation,” died at age 52 from complications due to breast cancer. (New York Times)
Annals of Internal Medicine corrected the notorious study suggesting people shouldn’t cut processed meat consumption for health reasons, to indicate the chief author’s previously undisclosed past ties to the food industry. (Washington Post)
A new review shows five ways to improve doctor-patient communication. (JAMA)
A Mother Jones editor wore a CBD-infused suit for a full week. Here’s what happened.
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