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New York Court Blocks State Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

A New York court on Thursday temporarily halted a state ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, giving the embattled vaping industry a breather just a day before the state’s prohibition was due to take effect. The appellate court ruling …

McKesson to Pay $37M to Resolve West Virginia Opioid Suit

Drug distributor McKesson Corp has agreed to pay $37 million to resolve a lawsuit by the state of West Virginia alleging it helped fuel a U.S. opioid epidemic by failing to stop suspicious orders of painkillers by pharmacies in the …

New York Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

New York state on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids, and contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands. The state blamed Purdue for running what …

With Pot Shops Opening Soon, Massachusetts Warns About Driving High

In anticipation of the first recreational marijuana stores opening within Massachusetts in the coming weeks, state officials Wednesday stepped up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving while stoned. A new public education and enforcement campaign announced by Republican …

Neighbors of North Carolina Chemical Plant to be Tested for GenX Compounds

North Carolina and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies. North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it is working with the U.S. Centers …

Massachusetts Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma, Executives

Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids, and became the first state to sue the drugmaker’s executives and directors to hold them responsible as well. The …

1 in 4 Wisconsin Residents Binge Drink Once A Month, Study Shows

One-fourth of Wisconsin residents binge drink at least once a month, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study defined binge drinking as a woman having four or more drinks and a …

Kentucky Sues Cardinal Health Over State Opioid Epidemic

Kentucky’s attorney general on Monday filed a lawsuit against drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc , accusing it of contributing to the opioid epidemic by failing to halt or report suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. Attorney …

Alabama Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic

Alabama on Tuesday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP of fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall alleged …

New York City Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

New York City on Tuesday sued eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for fueling a deadly epidemic afflicting the most populous U.S. city. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the lawsuit sought $500 million of damages to …