STAT – The federal government on Saturday announced a plan to distribute remdesivir following nearly a week of chaos and confusion surrounding which hospitals and which states would receive the medication, and how they were chosen.
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Vox — The government is investing in an AI-based tool that could help catch illegal opioid sales on the internet. But the same approach could find lots of other illicit transactions.
STAT – The Trump administration detailed how it will roll out the delivery of donated HIV prevention drugs to people who should be taking them but do not have prescription drug coverage.
Bloomberg – The Trump administration is considering backing away from a pledge to ban popular mint and menthol vaping products as e-cigarette advocates press to preserve some flavors for adults.
FierceHealthcare – Two major federal rules aimed at stopping information blocking and spurring data sharing are now one step closer to being finalized.
Bloomberg – In what US law-enforcement officials are calling one of the biggest health-care frauds in history, the Justice Department said that Medicare was fraudulently billed $2.1 billion after seniors were enticed to take unnecessary genetic tests for cancer.
STAT – Federal health officials released a guide for clinicians who are considering tapering patients’ opioid prescriptions, highlighting the benefits of safe reductions while warning against abrupt drops for people who have been on the drugs for long periods.
STAT – The word comes as health officials across the country scramble to try to identify the cause of a growing number of reports of severe lung illnesses related to vaping.