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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected to unveil a plan for the state to sell its own brand of generic prescription drugs in his new state budget Friday. The measure, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, is part of an effort to drive down rising health care costs.

Researchers in China report they have "initially identified" a new virus, a coronavirus, as the source of the pneumonia-like illness that has sickened nearly 60 people in Wuhan. The mysterious illness has led to panic in parts of China, which was hit by a deadly epidemic of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, 17 years ago.

CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and other major pharmacy chains have sued doctors across northeast Ohio, claiming that opioid prescribers bear responsibility for the prescription narcotic crisis.

The agency estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from the flu. These figures are up nearly 2 million more illnesses and 800 more deaths compared with the previous week. CDC noted that the 6.9% rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses is the same as the peak weeks of previous seasons. That figure is up from 5.1% last week.

A report in Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology found that a lack of access and affordability are among the major reasons people with chronic illnesses are using the black market to obtain medication.

Only 47% of pharmacies gave proper instructions on how to dispose of antibiotics, and only 34% gave correct instructions for opioids, according to a small survey conducted in California pharmacies.

A new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) follows the patient-centered path in recommending that clinicians develop plans for addressing pain in patients based on the individual.

The companies that have stepped up to tackle the rising threat of drug-resistant superbugs are struggling financially. Makers of newly approved antibiotic drugs are struggling to generate sales because doctors prescribe the treatments sparingly.

FDA announced Thursday a policy that would prohibit the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products, though menthol and tobacco would be exempt.

FDA reportedly plans to ban the sale of fruity flavors in cartridge-based e-cigarettes, but the restriction will not apply to tank vaping systems commonly found at vape shops.