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Court Allows Purdue Pharma to Shield Sacklers in Opioid Bankruptcy
The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that members of the Sackler family who own bankrupt Oxycontin manufacturer...
It’d be understandable if you’re confused about the legal status of the abortion pill these days. A lot has happened with the drug mifepristone in the last few months.
In early April, U.S...
TX Legislature Passes Comprehensive Consumer Data Privacy Law
Texas was poised last week to become the sixth state to enact a comprehensive consumer data privacy bill, after state lawmakers approved...
SCOTUS Refuses to Hold Tech Platforms Liable for Users’ Posts
In a pair of decisions issued last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hold social media platforms accountable for the posts of...
State Lawmakers Seeking to Broaden Access to Mental Healthcare
With over 1 in 5 U.S. adults and youths (13-18 years old) experiencing mental illness and cost keeping many of them from being able to access...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation (SB 1550) aimed at curbing prescription drug prices. The measure codifies the governor’s actions last year restricting certain pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices, such as steering consumers to pharmacies the PBMs control, and requiring greater transparency from drug makers about price increases. (WQCS [FORT PIERCE], FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
Last month Colorado enacted SB 190, making it the first state in the nation to ban the controversial practice known as abortion pill reversal. That practice involves administering progesterone after mifepristone, the first pill administered in a medication abortion, is taken. (KFF HEALTH NEWS, STATE NET)
Physicians will be allowed to continue to prescribe certain drugs like Adderall outside of in-person visits while the Drug Enforcement Administration finalizes new rules governing telemedicine. The agency received over 35,000 public comments in response to its previous plan to withdraw that prescription authority when the federal covid emergency ends on May 11. (KFF HEALTH NEWS, AXIOS)
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) signed first-in-the-nation legislation (SB 8) requiring health insurers to fully cover the costs of diagnostic screenings for women at increased risk of developing breast cancer. Those screenings include breast MRIs and ultrasounds for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer and genetic testing for women with a personal or family history of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, predisposing them to breast and ovarian cancers. The law will take effect in 2025. (PATRIOT-NEWS [HARRISBURG], STATE NET)
Montana’s Senate passed a bill (SB 516) that would require health insurers to cover the initial costs of fertility preservation, including the retrieval of sperm, eggs or embryos, for individuals diagnosed with cancer. The Senate’s approval of the measure on April 28 left only a few days for the House to pass it before the end of the state’s legislative session on May 5. (KFF HEALTH NEWS, STATE NET)
College nursing program enrollment declined for the first time in two decades last year, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Enrollment in Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, the way most registered nurses enter the profession, dropped by 1.4 percent, or 3,518 students, from 2021 to 2022. (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF NURSING)
—Compiled by KOREY CLARK
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