The top news stories in primary care today.
Pharmacy chain Rite Aid filed for bankruptcy this weekend, after lawsuits alleging the over prescription of opioids drained their finances. Total debt is listed at $8.6 billion as of June 3. Total assets are listed at $7.6 billion. Underperforming locations have already begun to close.
After being banned by the Food and Drug Administration, Elf Bars are back under a new name – EBCreate. The top-selling disposable electronic cigarettes generated $271 million in revenue last year. “The FDA has confiscated more heads of romaine lettuce than it has illegal e-cigarettes in the last five years,” Desmond Jenson, an attorney at the Public Health Law Center said in a statement.
Researchers studying multiple sclerosis in mice have identified a protein that could reshape MS treatments. According to the study the protein ‘boots the aggressive migration of immune cells into the central nervous system, leading to MS’. When scientists blocked the protein, it prevented damage and improved symptoms in mice.