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June 2, 2021

Around the nation: JAMA editor-in-chief resigns following colleague's comments on racism

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    JAMA Editor-in-Chief Edward Bauchner on Tuesday announced he would step down from his role after an editor at the journal during a podcast questioned the existence of structural racism, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Illinois, and New York.

    • District of Columbia: FDA on Friday approved Amgen's lung cancer pill Lumakras, which is used to treat lung cancer patients with a genetic mutation known as KRAS who have already tried other therapies. According to Richard Pazdur, acting head of FDA's cancer-drug division, the KRAS mutation has "long been considered resistant to drug therapy, representing a true unmet need for patients with certain types of cancer." The approval of Lumakras "represents a significant step towards a future where more patients will have a personalized treatment approach," Pazdur said (Walker, Wall Street Journal, 5/28).
    • Illinois: Amid an outcry over a comments made by an editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association questioning the existence of structural racism in health care, the journal's editor-in-chief, Howard Bauchner, said he would resign from his role effective June 30. The comments in question were made by Edward Livingston—who has since resigned—during a podcast and later paraphrased in a promotional tweet. Bauchner's resignation, announced Tuesday via the American Medical Association (AMA), which oversees the journal, follows AMA's release of a three-year plan last month to "dismantle structural racism" within the organization and health care more broadly (Mandavilli, New York Times, 6/1; McFarling, STAT News, 6/1).
    • New York: Effective Monday, New York has lifted its midnight curfew for bars and restaurants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the curfew would be lifted last month, noting that establishments as of Monday would be allowed to close at the times permitted under their liquor licenses or other regulations. "The lifting of the curfew is critically important," Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, said. "We're a 24/7 city, so there's tons of people [who] would still be out eating and drinking after midnight" (Associated Press, 5/31).

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