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Judge will not immediately block Massachusetts’ ‘unlawful’ vaping ban

A Massachusetts judge ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely “unlawful,” but he gave the state time to fix its defects.

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Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay about $117 million to settle vaginal mesh litigation

U.S. state attorneys general said Johnson & Johnson and a company unit agreed to pay nearly $117 million to settle litigation over deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

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Missouri appeals court overturns J&J talc verdict

A Missouri appeals court overturned a $110 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a Virginia woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after decades of using of the company’s talc-based products for feminine hygiene.

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Kroger, Walgreens to stop sales of e-cigarettes amid U.S. vaping crackdown

Kroger Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. will stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the product and reports of lung disease and some deaths linked to vaping.

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Quality, efficacy, and impact: making the case for Indian generic manufacturing

India’s ability to produce affordable generic drugs has led to the country’s reputation of being the “pharmacy of the world,” according to Dr. Reddy’s Vice President Radha Iyer.

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Johnson & Johnson settles Ohio lawsuits to avoid federal trial

Johnson & Johnson will pay $20.4 million to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the U.S. healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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U.S. agents search Clio Laboratories in fraud probe

U.S. federal agents executed a warrant to search the Clio Laboratories in Georgia as part of a nationwide crackdown into genetic testing fraud against federal health insurance programs.

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Massachusetts imposes four-month ban on vaping product sales as mystery illness spreads

Massachusetts imposed a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products, amid what officials called a national public health emergency that so far has been linked to nine deaths.

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U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530

U.S. health officials said there are 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and there are no signs that the outbreak is easing.

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New Jersey expected to announce vaping restrictions within weeks

New Jersey could become the latest state to restrict e-cigarette use, with the governor launching a task force to find ways to curb vaping, linked by U.S. health officials to hundreds of respiratory illnesses and a half-dozen deaths.

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