U.S. state, local government lawsuits over opioids face uphill battle

BOSTON (Reuters) – A growing number of U.S. states, counties and cities are filing lawsuits accusing drug companies of deceptively marketing opioid painkillers to downplay their addictiveness, but some lawyers say the industry’s highly regulated nature could pose a hurdle to their success.


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Indonesia tobacco bill would open tap for ads aimed at kids, health official says

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A proposed Indonesian tobacco law will roll back regulations to discourage smoking in a country that already has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and open the floodgates to advertising aimed at teenagers, a health ministry official said.


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Philips in deals with U.S. hospitals on use of its gene data platform for cancer research

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch healthcare technology company Philips said Thursday it had reached deals with New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare for them to use its genomics platform for cancer research and treatment.


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