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Rite Aid reports it will start selling CBD creams, lotions, and lip balms in Washington and Oregon this month, testing public demand for cannabis-based consumer products. Walgreens and CVS also recently introduced similar products in some of their stores.

For the first time since FDA discovered a nitrosamine impurity in angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) last summer, the agency said Thursday it has identified 40 ARBs that do not contain any known nitrosamine impurities. This number is expected to increase.

Influenza activity continues to be high in the United States, with a growing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation of influenza A(H1N1) viruses, and low levels of influenza B viruses, CDC warned Thursday.

FDA should issue a moratorium on new opioid analgesic approvals, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the group asserts that, along with the industry itself, "it is beyond question that the FDA is also culpable." The letter—signed by Sidney M.

CMS reports that it updated its Drug Spending Dashboards with data for 2017. The dashboards, first released in May 2018, add information on the manufacturers that are responsible for prices hikes and include pricing and spending data for thousands of drugs across Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced Thursday that the agency no longer plans to change the proper names of biological products that have already been licensed or approved under the Public Health Service Act without an FDA-designated suffix in their proper names.

FDA issued on Thursday a warning letter to CanaRx, a Canadian drug distributor, for facilitating the distribution of unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs to Americans.

Janet Woodcock, MD, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, reports the agency is continuing an investigation and recall of a class of drugs used by millions that began last summer. Starting in July, separate lots of blood pressure medications from various companies were pulled from pharmacy shelves.

Interim estimates from CDC suggest that this year's influenza vaccine is providing about 47% protection against all influenza infections.

FDA launched on Thursday enforcement action against two Walgreens and Circle K locations for multiple violations of restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products, including sales of cigars and menthol cigarettes to minors.