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FDA announced Thursday a new regulatory step that aims to significantly reduce smoking rates and help avoid millions of tobacco-related deaths nationwide.

Allowing pharmacists to tell patients about drug prices seen as tool to fight rising costs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil securities-fraud charges on Wednesday against Theranos, company founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and a former company president. According to the SEC, they raised more than $700 million from investors while deceiving them about the capabilities of Theranos' technology.

Shareholders of CVS Health and Aetna voted on Tuesday to approve CVS's $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. According to preliminary results from the special meeting, more than 98% of the shares voted supported the deal, CVS said, while about 97% of Aetna shareholders voted in favor of the transaction.

Minneapolis VA study suggests opioids are not worth their risks

For African-American men with uncontrolled hypertension, health promotion by barbers led to greater blood-pressure reduction when combined with medication management in barbershops by specialty-trained pharmacists, according to new research.

Vial samples didn’t meet standards

New research indicates that alirocumab (Praluent—Regeneron, Sanofi) reduced patients' risk of death by 15% in a major clinical trial. The study, reported at the conference of the American College of Cardiology, involved 18,000 high-risk patients who had uncontrolled cholesterol despite taking a maximum amount of statins.

Rates jumped 30% from July 2016–September 2017

Health insurer Cigna announced early Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Express Scripts in a $67 billion cash-and-stock deal, including the assumption of about $15 billion in debt. A deal between the two companies would follow the $69 billion acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health.