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The Scoop: January 15, 2020 Edition

In this edition Open enrollment ends tonight in Colorado and Connecticut Medicaid expansion might be a reality in Kansas by 2021 Maine considers a state-run exchange, merged risk pool, standardized plans Short-term plan rules now…


Oklahoma attorney general sues distributors of opioids

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Monday brought a lawsuit against three distributors of opioids after winning a lawsuit against one drug manufacturer and reaching pretrial settlements in other cases. Hunter filed…


Menthol ban gains momentum among black lawmakers

“The tobacco industry targets the African American population with menthol. Menthol should be banned,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said Wednesday. As for the threat of a crackdown, “I believe that the tobacco…


California could launch generic prescription drug label

California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday. Newsom wants California, home to nearly 40 million people, to contract with generic drug companies…


Trump makes misleading brag about lower cancer deaths

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020 Better cancer screening and prevention techniques, as well as…





NIDA director: New pain meds are still years away

It is challenging to hit clinical goals for pain treatment, and few investigational non-opioids have shown to be as effective as opioid options. New, less-addictive pain drug approvals have remained elusive. Volkow said even new…