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Oxycontin Maker Stops Marketing To Doctors - 

The maker of OxyContin is not going to target doctors anymore.

Purdue Pharmaceuticals says it's cutting its sales staff by over half and will stop sending sales reps to doctors' offices to discuss opioids. Purdue said in a statement that the new policies will go into effect today.

A number of states have filed lawsuits against Purdue, alleging it misled prescribers about the risks of prescription opioids. Purdue has denied the allegations, and said they account for only a small portion of all opioid prescriptions.

Purdue and three of its executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges, back in 2007, of misrepresenting oxycontin’s addictiveness, and paid a total of $635 million in fines. For years, the company claimed their medicine was less addictive than other opioids and the idea of opioid addiction was overblown.

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in 2016 and 2017, and are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. 

Source: Fortune


Congressman Schiff Speculates On Trump’s Refusal To Release Dem Memo - 

Congressman Adam Schiff is criticizing President Trumpfor blocking the release of the Democratic memo on the Russia probe.

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," the California Democrat says, "The President doesn't want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication." FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court application used to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide.

Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He says he will work with the FBI to redact necessary information from the Democratic memo, which rebuts a document drafted by staff of the panel's Republican chairman, fellow California Congressman Devin Nunes.

 Source: The Hill


Northern Puerto Rico Is In The Dark Again - 

Parts of Puerto Rico are without power again.

An explosion and a fire at a power substation caused a blackout across much of northern Puerto Rico last night, including the capital, San Juan. A power spokesman says the fire was caused by a mechanical failure. The good news is Electric Power Authority is optimistic power can be restored within a day, as a substation at fault is being repaired.

Last month, Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority said over 450-thousand of its customers were still without electricity because of Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 storm cut power to virtually the whole island back in September. 

Source: CBS News


GOP Senators Reveal Immigration Proposal - 

Republican lawmakers are unveiling their immigration proposal ahead of this week's Senate debate on the issue.

The plan outlined by a group of Republican senators is in line with what the White House said they would like to see in an immigration bill. It contains a major concession to Democrats by providing a pathway to citizenship for nearly two-million immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. It would also provide 25-billion-dollars to fund construction of a border wall.

There are also new limits to "chain migration" policies that allow family members of legal immigrants to also come into the country and E-Verify would be implemented.. The Senate will start taking up the issue of immigration reform this week.

Source: The Hill


Tax Apps Worth Checking Out - 

If you’re doing your taxes yourself, there are plenty of apps to help you.

A number of apps are available to help make an often confusing tax process a little bit easier. "IRS2GO" is the official app of the Internal Revenue Service. Another online tax app, "taxAct Express" provides personalized recommendations based on your tax situation.

If you have a simple return this year, the cost to file could be free, while more complicated filings will cost you something. Since the average cost of letting a pro do your taxes is $275, apps are worth looking into. 

Source: The Balance


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