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February 15, 2024 | Volume XV | Issue 7

HHS, FTC want to know if GPOs, drug wholesalers are fueling generic drug shortages

Fierce Healthcare reports:

The Biden administration is taking a look at how group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and drug wholesalers are playing a role in generic drug shortages.

In a Request for Information jointly issued Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said they want to learn more about the organizations’ market concentration, contracting practices and regulatory exemptions.

The government said it is looking for any evidence that competing drug suppliers are being disincentivized from competing in generic markets; how a lack of competition between GPOs and drug wholesalers is impacting patients, pharmacies and providers, in particular those that are smaller or rural; or other potential causes for “chronic” generic drug shortages.

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Soda taxes aren’t helping to reverse obesity trends

Kristin Kiesel and Richard J. Sexton 

OPINION: There’s plenty of political support for taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages; they have not delivered

Many public health advocates and scholars see sugar-sweetened-beverage taxes (often simply called soda taxes) as key to reducing obesity and its adverse health effects.

But a careful look at the data challenges this view. We reviewed close to 100 studies that have analyzed current taxes in more than 50 countries and conducted our own research on the effectiveness of soda taxes in the US. There is no conclusive evidence that soda taxes have reduced how much sugar or calories people consume in any meaningful way. Soda taxes alone simply cannot nudge consumers toward healthier food choices.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 17 million people die prematurely each year from chronic noncommunicable diseases. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for many of these conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, asthma and several types of cancer. A widely publicized 2019 Lancet Commission report pegged annual obesity-related health-care costs and economic productivity losses at $2 trillion, about 3 percent of the global gross domestic product.

Consuming large amounts of added sugars is a key...

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Experts say delta-8 THC products can still be dangerous

CNN reports:

Products containing the cannabis compound delta-8 are sometimes marketed as “diet weed” or “light THC,” offering a milder high than what people probably think is in traditional weed products. But the drug can still be dangerous, and an increasing number of users are calling poison centers for help.

Calls to America’s Poison Centers about delta-8 products spiked 82% from 2021 to 2022...

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Oregon's first case of human bubonic plague since 2015 likely came from pet cat, officials say

KPTV FOX 12 Oregon

Oregon’s first case of human bubonic plague since 2015 likely came from pet cat, officials say. The unidentified infected person lives in Deschutes County (about 200 miles southeast of Portland) and marks the state's first human case in just over eight years, Deschutes County Health Services officials announced in a news release.

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