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The national abortion landscape was shaken again this week as Florida’s six-week abortion ban took effect. This leaves North Carolina and Virginia as the only Southern states where abortion is widely available. Clinics in those states were already filled with patients from across the region.

Meanwhile, in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine, former President Donald Trump took credit for appointing the Supreme Court justices who overturned the reversal. roe vs wadeBut he steadfastly declined to say what he might do on the abortion issue if returned to office.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KFF Health News, Sarah Carlin-Smith of The Pink Sheet, Alice Miranda Olstein of POLITICO and Rachana Pradhan of KFF Health News.


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Highlights from this week’s episode:

  • Florida’s new, six-week abortion ban is a big deal for the entire South, as the state became an abortion haven for patients as other states cut off access to the procedure. Some clinics in North Carolina and southern Virginia are considering expanding their waiting and recovery rooms to accommodate patients who now have to go there for care. However, it also means that traveling patients may have to wait even longer for local patients, including many who rely on clinics for non-abortion services.
  • The passage of a bill to repeal Arizona’s nearly complete abortion ban leaves the state’s patients and providers facing considerable uncertainty — including whether the ban will go into effect temporarily. Additionally, Arizona voters, as well as Florida voters, will have the opportunity in November to consider whether this procedure should be available in their state.
  • The FDA’s decision that lab-developed tests should be subject to the same regulatory scrutiny as medical devices comes as tests have become more prevalent — and amid high-profile examples of problems caused by evading federal review. (See: Theranos.) There’s a reasonable chance that the FDA will be sued over whether it has the authority to make these changes without Congressional action.
  • Additionally, the Biden administration has quietly decided to halt a potential ban on menthol cigarettes. The issue raised tensions over the relationship between health and criminal justice, and it appears that it ultimately led to election year adversity that led the administration to cast it aside rather than risk alienating black voters. Inspired to keep.
  • In drug news, the Federal Trade Commission is challenging what it sees as “junk” patents that make it harder for generic drugs to come to market, and another court decision against Medicare drug negotiations. Gives bad news for the industry’s fight.

Plus, for “extra credit” the panelists suggest health policy stories you read this week that they think you should also read:

Julie Rovner: ProPublica’sA Cigna doctor said his bosses pressured him to review patients’ cases too quickly. Cigna threatened to fire him,” by Patrick Rucker, The Capital Forum, and David Armstrong, ProPublica.

Alice Miranda Olstein: The Associated Press’ “Dozens of deaths reveal the risks of injecting sedatives into people stopped by police,” by Ryan J. Foley, Carla K. Johnson, and Shelby Lum.

Sarah Carlin-Smith: “Atlantic”America’s infectious disease barometer is off,” Katherine J. By woo.

Composition Principal: The Wall Street Journal’sMillions of Americans are now child caregivers: ‘The hardest thing is that I’m only 17’,” by Claire Ansberry.

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