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Stephen Hahn was confirmed as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Hahn takes the lead of the FDA as the agency grapples with teen vaping, drug prices and the vaping lung illness. (MM&M)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug price bill has passed the House. The bill was expected to be approved in the House, where Democrats control the chamber, but it may face more opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate. (CNBC)

Deaths from the vaping lung illness have increased to 52. There are now 2,409 confirmed cases where people have been hospitalized, according to the weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reuters)

PhRMA has sued Oregon over drug pricing transparency laws. The trade group claims the laws that require pharma companies to notify the state of increases or new drug prices above a certain amount are unconstitutional. (STAT)

Federal regulators have set up a three-digit number for the national suicide hotline. The new number, 988, will replace the 800 number currently used for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. A federal report last year found a three-digit number, similar to 911 and 311, made it easier for distressed people to get help. (Associated Press)