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The FDA announced yesterday that it's requesting feedback on requiring certain opioids to be made available in "blister packs," which would include a limited number of pills.

How it works: The goal is to reduce the number of opioid pills prescribed, especially in situations when the typical 30-pill prescription is probably unnecessary.

  • The agency asked for feedback on which opioid medications make sense to be packaged this way, and what the appropriate number of pills to include in each pack is.

What they're saying: "Patients are often prescribed significantly more opioid pills than they actually use following surgical procedures or other acute pain conditions for which opioids are prescribed," acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless said.

  • "This excess supply of opioids provides opportunities for misuse, abuse, overdose and development of addiction."

Go deeper: The hot spots of the opioid epidemic

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U.S.-Iran nuclear diplomacy is going nowhere fast

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Iran's cool response to the Biden administration's push for diplomatic engagement, along with rising tensions in the region, makes clear that salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal may be far more difficult than many had anticipated.

The state of play: Both the U.S. and Iran have entered the diplomatic dance, but it seems to be moving in circles.

Venture capital firm Indie.vc is shutting down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Indie.vc, an effort launched six years ago to invest small amounts in bootstrapped businesses, announced on Tuesday that it’s winding down.

Why it matters: Venture capital, despite being the money of innovation, is rarely innovative itself. Indie.vc was an effort to break out of the tedium, so its failure is de facto disappointing.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police warns of attack by "an identified militia group" on March 4

Pro-Trump rioters break into U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement on Wednesday announcing additional security measures after it obtained intelligence showing "a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4."

Why it matters: Washington, D.C. remains on edge following the deadly Capitol insurrection, with lawmakers continuing to conduct investigations into the security failures that led to the Jan. 6 breach.

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