Big Tobacco 2.0: The Legal Fight Against Vaping Is Just Beginning

The Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and a bevy of state health departments are investigating more than 800 confirmed and probable cases of mysterious lung illnesses and 12 reported deaths, spanning at least 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands—all seemingly related to either nicotine or illicit marijuana vaping devices. It […]

Everything We Know So Far About The Recent Vape-Linked Deaths and Illnesses

If all the recent news about vape-related deaths and illnesses has you casting suspicious glances at your cartridges and concentrates, you aren’t alone. Reports of hospitalizations due to vaping are surging around the United States, with 450 cases currently under investigation. Yet health officials have yet to pinpoint an exact cause of the illnesses and […]

Oregon Officials Won’t Say Which Stores Allegedly Sold Deadly Vape Cartridges

An Oregon individual’s death has been linked to vaping products purchased from two of the state’s cannabis shops before falling fatally ill, but officials are staying mum about which stores exactly. The state’s Health Authority has launched an investigation into the death, which occurred in July after the individual had developed a severe respiratory illness. […]

Google Bans Ads for Unproven Medical Treatments. Critics Ask: What Took So Long?

Years after ads for unproven medical treatments and therapies spread across the Internet, Google is finally cracking down on them. The search giant said on Friday that it would prohibit ads promoting experimental medical techniques, like most stem cell and gene therapies, as well as those that have no scientific backing. The ban also includes […]

Vitamin E Acetate In Cannabis Products Possibly Causing Vape-Related Illnesses

New York officials may have found an answer for the mysterious rash of illnesses linked to vaping that has already claimed three lives in the United States. On Thursday, the state’s Department of Health announced that it had uncovered lab results that identified “very high levels” of vitamin E acetate in “nearly all” the cannabis […]

Livongo Plots a Digital Health IPO to Raise $100 Million: Brainstorm Health

Health care dominates the Democratic debates. The first two nights of the Democratic primary debates prominently featured Medicare for All and universal health care coverage. Nearly every candidate endorsed some form of health reform meant to achieve (eventually, at least) universal coverage – but they took significantly different forms. Candidates such as Sens. Bernie Sanders, […]

San Francisco Is the First U.S. City to Ban E-Cigarettes Sales

Although San Francisco is home to America’s most popular e-cigarette brand, city officials are signaling that they want nothing to do with Juul. The city voted Tuesday to ban sales of e-cigarettes, making it illegal to sell nicotine vaporizer products in stores or for online retailers to ship the goods to San Francisco addresses. The […]

What AbbVie’s $63 Billion Deal to Buy Allergan Says About the Drug Industry

AbbVie announced on Tuesday that it will buy Allergan in a deal valued at about $63 billion, a 45% premium on Allergan’s most recent closing stock price. The proposed M&A will be one of the largest health care mergers of the year and bring together a portfolio that includes AbbVie’s Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, […]

AbbVie Is Buying Botox Maker Allergan in Blockbuster $63 Billion Deal

AbbVie is buying Botox maker Allergan in a cash-and-stock deal valued at around $63 billion. The maker of the blockbuster immune disorder treatment Humira said Tuesday that it will pay $120.30 in cash and a portion of AbbVie stock for each Allergan share. That amounts to $188.24 per share, or a 45% premium to Allergan’s […]