Pharmacy operators Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp., Rite Aid Corp. and Walmart Inc. agreed to pay a combined $26 million to settle claims by two New York counties that they fueled an opioid addiction epidemic.

Walmart Inc. is preparing to offer Covid-19 vaccinations in seven more states, as well as in Chicago and Puerto Rico, expanding beyond the two states where the company’s pharmacists are offering inoculations.

Walmart Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. told Reuters demand for flu shots at their U.S. pharmacies is up sharply – in some cases double from 2019 – as people try to protect themselves from influenza in the midst of a worsening Covid-19 pandemic.

A federal appeals court rejected a bid by eight drug retailers and distributors to disqualify the judge overseeing nationwide opioid litigation after they claimed his rulings, public statements and efforts to encourage settlements created an appearance of bias.

The FDA found “unacceptable levels” of a cancer-causing impurity in limited testing using low-heat method of samples of heartburn medicines such as Zantac containing the ingredient ranitidine.

Eight drug companies urged a federal appeals court to disqualify the judge overseeing nationwide opioid litigation, in a last-ditch effort to avoid having him preside over a landmark trial.

In the wake of the discovery that some Zantac products may contain a carcinogen contaminant due to the manufacturing process, drug store retailers removed the antacid from shelves.

Amazon.com has steadily added options for customers to receive the company’s packages including in car trunks, inside home garages and potentially by drone.

Merix Pharmaceutical Corp. announced the company’s proprietary botanical extract formula VIRACEA was found to be highly active against HSV-1 and HSV-2 in laboratory testing.

Shares of drug retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. tumbled after reports that Amazon.com Inc. was looking to make a move into selling drugs online.