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US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...

Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could...

Austrian doctor sues US for seizing patients' abortion drugs

Sep. 10, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Austrian doctor who prescribes abortion drugs to patients around the world is suing the United States for allegedly blocking her American patients from getting abortions by seizing their prescriptions. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Idaho on Monday,...

Juul Labs facing scrutiny from federal and state officials

Aug. 30, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With e-cigarette giant Juul Labs facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government's regulatory and enforcement power "to stop the epidemic of youth...

More vaping illnesses reported, many involving marijuana

Aug. 30, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are recommending people who vape consider avoiding e-cigarettes while they investigate more cases of a breathing ailment linked to the devices. While the cause remains unclear, officials said Friday that many reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC, the...

'This ain't your mother's marijuana,' surgeon general says

Aug. 29, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome Adams made...

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

Aug. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to...

Canadians worried by plan to let Americans import drugs

Aug. 1, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — A Trump administration plan to let Americans legally import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada is causing concern among Canadians who that fear it could cause shortages of some medications — as well as surprise by officials who say they weren't consulted about a possible influx of...

The Latest: Plan to allow drug imports will take time

Jul. 31, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's plan to lower prescription drug prices (all times local): 6:20 p.m. It's unclear how soon consumers will see benefits from a Trump administration plan to allow Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the...

US to set up plan allowing prescription meds from Canada

Jul. 31, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a way for Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of refusals by health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications....