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There’s a new distributor of clean needles in Lewiston, Maine: welcome to the Church of Safe Injection. (STAT)
In a bid to reduce poverty, a Delaware program encourages physicians to ask their female patients about contraception and prescribe whichever type they choose at the same visit. (The New York Times)
An FDA advisory committee couldn’t agree on whether naloxone should be routinely co-prescribed with opioids, with 12 members voting yes and 11 voting no. (Reuters)
Missed opportunity: Thousands of Appalachian coal miners are dying hideous deaths from black lung, thanks to lax regulations. (NPR/Frontline)
A Vermont woman and her insurer were charged more than $43,000 for repeat surgery to replace a plate that her doctor had implanted to fix her broken leg. (NPR/Kaiser Health News)
An Ontario emergency room doctor is under scrutiny for not hiring any women over a 16-year period. (The Globe and Mail)
The incoming chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to hold hearings “right away” on the Trump administration’s refusal to defend the Affordable Care Act in court. (The Hill)
North Carolina Health News examines efforts to recruit and retain rural providers.
Allergan will take two breast implants tied to a rare form of cancer off the European market. (Reuters)
A new health insurance company is offering an option to buy basic coverage with an extra premium available to pay in advance of elective procedures. (Associated Press)
The FDA has hired a med-tech industry executive as its principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs. (Bloomberg)
Maryland’s first medical marijuana grower, ForwardGro, was forced to pay $125,000 and destroy its crops after being found using unauthorized pesticides. (The Washington Post)
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