IBM has halted a Watson AI program designed to help pharma with drug development, due to lackluster financial performance. The decision came after IBM also pulled back on a program to use Watson in hospital management last year. (STAT)

Federal health officials have awarded $350 million to researchers studying the opioid epidemic. The National Institutes of Health has distributed grants to medical researchers studying techniques for fighting addiction and overdose, such as medication-based treatments like methadone and criminal justice reforms. (Associated Press)

Most patients don’t think the pharma industry has a good reputation. Only 41% said pharma had an “excellent” or “good” reputation in a survey from PatientView that indicated  debates over transparency and pricing are taking the biggest toll on the industry’s image. (STAT)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is planning to introduce a bill to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco. McConnell said the legislation would raise the age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. A dozen states and more than 400 cities and counties have enacted similar laws. (CNBC)

Sanofi has pledged 10 million euros to rebuild Notre Dame. Other companies including L’Oreal and Apple have pledged to donate millions of dollars in the effort to rebuild the world-famous Paris gothic cathedral, which was severely damaged in a Monday fire. (Endpoints News)