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Morning Break: Generic Advair; Polar Vortex Deaths; Valsartan Gouging

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FDA approved the first generic for the popular Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol) asthma and COPD inhaler.

At least nine have died from the polar vortex sweeping through the Midwest and Northeast U.S. (CBS News)

For those in the midst of the extreme cold, NPR explains what happens medically.

On a snowmobile, one Michigan pharmacist personally delivered medications to her customers snowed in from the storm. (WILX)

While aggressively pushing OxyContin, Purdue Pharma also considered the “attractive” addiction-treatment market as another revenue stream, newly unredacted court documents revealed. (ProPublica)

It wasn’t just U.S. diplomats developing mysterious symptoms while stationed in Havana, it was also Canadians. Now, officials up north have confirmed another case, the 14th among their embassy workers. (CNN)

Capitalism in action: valsartan manufacturers not hit with contamination problems hiked prices as much as five-fold when competitors were forced to recall their products and a shortage ensued. (USA Today)

UnitedHealthcare is ending its data-sharing agreement with the Health Care Cost Institute. (Axios)

Aetna will pay $935,000 to settle charges that it accidentally revealed 2,000 Californians’ HIV infection. The breach occurred via mail envelopes with windows showing that the addressee was taking antiretroviral medication. (Sacramento Bee)

Breaking up with Facebook for a month gave people an extra hour of real life per day in a randomized trial. Participants also showed improved mood and life satisfaction. (New York Times)

Eating breakfast may not really be a good way to lose weight, according to a meta-analysis in the BMJ.

A New Jersey barbershop owner performed unlicensed laser surgery on a woman and left her with significant facial scars. (New York Post)

Ya think? The real difference between men and women in medicine is that men aren’t expected to choose between family and a career, writes Brad Herrin, MD, in KevinMD.

Tyson Foods Inc recalled 36,420 pounds of nuggets due to “possible contamination with rubber,” giving late-night TV hosts something to chew on. (Reuters, Comedy Central)

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