MAKER PULLS OPIOID THAT’S BEING ABUSED
The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it’s being abused.
Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills, approved for use in patients with severe, constant pain, after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s the first opioid drug that the FDA has sought to remove from the market due to abuse.
The FDA said it had seen a “significant shift” from people crushing and snorting the pill to get high to injecting it instead. Besides contributing to overdoses, abuse of Opana ER was blamed for a 2015 outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C in southern Indiana, according to the FDA.
19 AGs sue DeVos over delaying for-profit college rules.
Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Washington, demands implementation of rules that aim to make schools financially responsible for fraud and forbid them from forcing students to resolve complaints outside court.
Qatar Airways no longer on U.S. laptop ban list. DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES»
Qatar Airways has joined two other major long-haul carriers in the Gulf in getting off a U.S. laptop ban list. Cabin electronics on U.S.-bound flights were banned from 10 Mideast airports over concerns bombs could be hidden in laptops.
States sue, want pesticide off the market.
Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children’s brains. Led by New York, the coalition filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a legal fight over the spraying of chlorpyrifos on food.
Tillerson a focus of Exxon probe.
NEW YORK» New York’s attorney general considers U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a central figure in his expanding investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors about climate change. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he has the legal authority to question Tillerson, Exxon’s former CEO.