New York sues opioid manufacturers and distributors in latest opioid epidemic lawsuit. The case accuses six opioid manufacturers, including Purdue and J&J; the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma; and four prescription drug distributors, including McKesson of using deceptive marketing to fuel the opioid crisis. (CNBC)
Another jury ruled against Bayer in a lawsuit claiming Roundup caused cancer. A federal jury awarded $81 million to a man who claimed his use of Roundup caused his cancer. The case is one of more than 11,000 pending lawsuits relating to Roundup. (CNBC)
Pricing coalition launches a six-figure ad campaign attacking Trump’s plan to lower drug prices. The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, comprised of PBMs and insurers, is taking aim at the plan to do away with drug rebates. (STAT)
Drug safety institute renews concerns about Parkinson’s drug Nuplazid. The drug, made by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, was approved after an expedited review in 2016. The institute is urging the FDA to reevaluate the drug due to the high number of deaths that have been reported since then. (CNN)
Create your MM&M Madness bracket. MM&M launched its tournament to find the most creative agency name among a field of 32 healthcare marketing and communications firms. Three participants with the highest number of correct winners in their bracket will receive a prize. (MM&M)
Surveys are due Monday for MM&M’S 2019 agency issue.