Lawsuits filed by the attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York have brought to light the extensive involvement of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, in the opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.
Certain insurance plans are legally required to cover benefits for addiction treatment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new report by Center on Addiction shows that ACA Plans sold in many states in 2017 did not comply with these requirements.
Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, The Wall Street Journal reports. The majority of the settlement will fund a national opioid addiction center.
A new study finds a decrease of more than 50 percent in monthly opioid prescribing for new patients. However some doctors continue to write many opioid prescriptions, while others are not writing any, HealthDay reports.
Most Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 support marijuana legalization, The New York Times reports. The issue has become a litmus test for their commitment to equal treatment for all races in criminal justice and policing.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who has won bipartisan support for his efforts to reduce minors’ use of flavored e-cigarettes, announced this week he will leave the agency next month.