Washington, DC - A federal district court in Washington, D.C. Wednesday entered a final order giving effect to the settlement that the Department of Justice reached with CVS Health Corporation and Aetna Inc., which required the parties to divest Aetna’s Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) business for individuals in order to proceed with their $69 billion merger.  The divestiture to WellCare Health Plans Inc., an experienced health insurer focused on government-sponsored health plans, including Medicare Part D individual prescription drug plans, resolved the department’s competition concerns with the underlying transaction.

Washington, DC - Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt ARD LLC (formerly known as Mallinckrodt ARD Inc. and previously Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. "Questcor"), has agreed to pay $15.4 million to resolve claims that Questcor paid illegal kickbacks to doctors, in the form of lavish dinners and entertainment, to induce prescriptions of the company’s drug, H.P. Acthar Gel (Acthar) from 2009 through 2013.

Louisville, Kentucky - Cleoretta Allen, 41, of Louisville, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion and one count of interstate transportation for prostitution.

Washington, DC - Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final guidance, Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Program, to provide updated information about the HDE application process and other considerations specific to the HDE Program.

Washington, DC - From hot summer days in Mississippi to windy nights in the Caribbean, the Library of Congress’ latest crowdsourcing campaign, launched Thursday, challenges virtual volunteers to explore folk and music traditions through the eyes and writings of one of America’s most famous 20th century folklorists, musicologists and oral historians: Alan Lomax.

Washington, DC - Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external displacement of persons in the Hemisphere’s history. Also present were Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and members of interim President Guaidó’s coalition. Maduro’s rampant corruption, brutal repression, and vast social and economic mismanagement has forced more than 4.3 million Venezuelans to flee.