Healthcare providers and clinics are cutting back on COVID-19 care for uninsured patients in light of a federal program running out of funds. Some health workers are growing frustrated with Congress’ lack of action in approving new pandemic aid. (POLITICO)

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The ban might still take a year to finalize but could prevent up to 650,000 smoking deaths over the course of 40 years, the FDA said. (STAT)

Eli Lilly said its obesity drug tirzepatide was effective in a late-stage clinical trial, helping patients lose more than 20% of their weight. Analysts are predicting that the drug may become a multibillion-dollar product in the obesity market. (Reuters)

Senators questioned FDA commissioner Robert Califf over Biden’s proposed 2023 FDA budget, which would increase by 34% to $8.4 billion. “The budget I present to you today will build a foundation for FDA to continue this good work and ultimately allow the agency to meet the growing needs and mandates upon which the public depends,” Califf said. (Endpoints News)

Climate change could spur more viruses to jump from animal to animal, and possibly increase the risk of spreading to humans. As mammals move away from areas where rising temperatures are hitting hardest, they may increase the risk of viruses spreading. (The New York Times)