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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There's still no settlement in the national opioids case, but plenty of other large health care cases have been laid to rest recently.

The bottom line: Allegations of wrongdoing are rampant in health care. For defendants, it's often easier — and in their interest — to settle and eat the result as a cost of doing business.

Driving the news: None of these companies admitted wrongdoing.

  • Allergan is shelling out $750 million to settle allegations that it used tactics to impede generic competitors to one of its Alzheimer's drugs.
  • 15 drug companies are paying a combined $248 million to resolve allegations they gamed the pricing system to inflate their payments from state Medicaid programs.
  • Sanford Health paid a $20 million settlement to kill a case that accused one of its neurosurgeons of performing unnecessary spine surgeries and profiting from the devices that were used.
  • Two disease-focused nonprofits paid a combined $6 million to clear allegations that pharmaceutical companies were using them as conduits to pay for patients' medications.

Go deeper: Two new articles in JAMA Internal Medicine here and here) highlight the problems with health care settlements — especially when important documents that could affect public health are unearthed but are kept secret.

Go deeper

Why some Republican governors oppose anti-trans bills

Photo Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Chistopher Goodney (Bloomberg), Drew Angerer, Stephen Yang/Getty Images

Some Republican governors have found themselves at odds with their own party over a record number of bills targeting transgender children.

Why it matters: Social conservatives see a winning issue in bills to restrict trans students' participation in sports and access to health care, but the sudden push has met resistance even from some staunch conservatives.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
11 hours ago - Science

China makes history with successful Mars landing

A model of the Tianwen-1 Mars rover is displayed during an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

A Chinese lander carrying a rover successfully touched down on Mars for the first time, state media reports.

Why it matters: This is the first time China has landed a spacecraft on another planet, and it launches the nation into an elite club of only a few space agencies to successfully make it to the Martian surface.

11 hours ago - World

UN: 10,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza as Israel-Hamas fighting escalates

A Palestinian woman walks after she collects her belongings inside her damaged house following an Israeli air in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo: Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The United Nations warned Friday that ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas "has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis," in not only the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, but "the region as a whole."

The big picture: More than 125 Palestinians, including 31 children have been killed in Gaza since fighting began Monday, per the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Eight people, including two children, have been killed in Israel, Reuters reported, citing Israeli authorities.

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