June 10, 2021

Around the nation: Washington permits free joints with Covid-19 vaccines

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    Washington state officials on Monday announced the "Joints for Jabs" program, in which licensed marijuana stores in the state can offer free joints to anyone 21 and older who gets a Covid-19 vaccine at an on-site clinic by July 12, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Missouri, and Washington.

    • Arizona: Carondelet Health Network on Monday announced that Monica Vargas-Mahar has been named market CEO. Vargas-Mahar most recently served as CEO of the Hospitals of Providence East Campus and market COO of the Hospitals of Providence in El Paso (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/8).
    • Missouri: Joel Perlmutter, a neurologist at Washington University in St. Louis, said on Monday that he has quit FDA's advisory committee following the agency's approval of the Alzheimer's therapy aducanumab. Late last year, the advisory committee looked at data provided by Biogen, the maker of aducanumab, determined there was not enough evidence to suggest the treatment had a significant benefit for patients, and advised against its approval. Perlmutter said his resignation from the advisory committee came as a result of "this ruling by the FDA without further discussion with" the committee (Joseph, STAT News, 6/8).
    • Washington: State officials on Monday announced the "Joints for Jabs" program, in which licensed marijuana stores in the state can offer free joints to anyone 21 and older who gets a Covid-19 vaccine at an on-site clinic by July 12. According to the New York Times, 58% of people in Washington have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and 49% have received both recommended doses (Associated Press, 6/7; Jiménez, New York Times, 6/7).

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