The state's move to ban the disposable, flavored products is intended to curb youth use of the devices, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Missouri, and New Hampshire.
- District of Columbia/New Hampshire: HHS this week announced it has established the Foundry for American Biotechnology to help prepare the United States to respond to global health threats such as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The foundry, which New Hampshire-based DEKA Research Corp will help manage, will focus on developing technologies to help the United States respond to health threats, improve daily medical care, and boost the U.S. bioeconomy. The foundry's first project will be to design small portable devices to help manufacture needed drugs on the site of disasters to reduce the risk of a drug shortage (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/12).
- Maryland: Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) on Monday announced that Maryland will be the first state to ban all flavors of disposable e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavored products. Franchot said the state's move to ban the disposable, flavored products is intended to curb youth use of the devices. The disposable products are not subject to FDA's nationwide guidance that prohibits companies from selling unauthorized cartridge-based e-cigarettes with fruit, candy, mint, and dessert flavors (Weixel, The Hill, 2/10).
- Missouri: Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital CEO Tom Keim has announced he plans to formally retire from his role. Keim, who joined the hospital in 2007, will stay in the role until a new CEO is found. "We have a solid management team in place, and I can assure you that our board will follow a process and involve members of the hospital's management team and physicians to identify candidates for my replacement," Keim said (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/12).