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The Food and Drug Administration approved Tuesday a drug that will help women suffering from postpartum depression, but only very wealthy women will be able to afford the drug.

“Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may experience thoughts about harming themselves or harming their child,” the FDA said in a Tuesday statement, announcing the approval of the drug. Women can access the drug brexanolone, also known as Zulresso, through a restricted distribution program at certified health care facility, according to the statement.

The drug is the first treatment for postpartum depression ever to be approved by the FDA. Approximately 400,000 women suffer from postpartum depression in the U.S. every year.

The approval comes after two successful clinical trials showed major improvement in women suffering from postpartum depression after taking the drug. The drug is administered intravenously for a total of 60 hours and patients are monitored throughout.

“This can potentially transform women’s lives and that of their families,” said Sage Therapeutics CEO Steve Kanes, whose company developed the drug, NBC News reported Tuesday. “We’re talking about a single treatment that has durable effects,” he said. “This really is a one-time intervention that gets people on their way. It’s transformative.”

Risks include loss of consciousness and abnormal oxygen levels in the blood, according to the FDA which hasn’t yet decided if the drug is safe for women who are breastfeeding.

The drug infusion costs between $20,000 to $35,000, according to NBC.

“This is for postpartum depression, but it is a step in understanding how we treat depression more broadly,” said brexanolone trial investigator Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody. “We have had the same treatments for depression for 30 years. There’s an enormous need for new, novel ways to treat depression, and to treat it quickly.”

Meltzer-Brody is also the director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to NBC.

The FDA recently approved a nasal spray containing ketamine as a treatment for severe depression. Ketamine is a medication used largely by veterinarians as an anesthetic. It has hallucinogenic effects and produces a trance-like state. (RELATED: FDA Recommends New Nasal Drug For Treating Depression)

“I woke up from a nap, and the thoughts were gone. And they never came back,” said Stephanie Hathaway who suffered from postpartum and participated in a brexanolone trial. “And then hour after hour, I got my energy back. I got my appetite back. I was eating because I was actually hungry, not because people were making me eat,” she said, according to NBC.

The drug will be available in June, according to CNN.

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The Food and Drug Administration approved Tuesday a drug that will help women suffering from postpartum depression, but only very wealthy women will be able to afford the drug.

“Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may experience thoughts about harming themselves or harming their child,” the FDA said in a Tuesday statement, announcing the approval of the drug. Women can access the drug brexanolone, also known as Zulresso, through a restricted distribution program at certified health care facility, according to the statement.

The drug is the first treatment for postpartum depression ever to be approved by the FDA. Approximately 400,000 women suffer from postpartum depression in the U.S. every year.

The approval comes after two successful clinical trials showed major improvement in women suffering from postpartum depression after taking the drug. The drug is administered intravenously for a total of 60 hours and patients are monitored throughout.

“This can potentially transform women’s lives and that of their families,” said Sage Therapeutics CEO Steve Kanes, whose company developed the drug, NBC News reported Tuesday. “We’re talking about a single treatment that has durable effects,” he said. “This really is a one-time intervention that gets people on their way. It’s transformative.”

Risks include loss of consciousness and abnormal oxygen levels in the blood, according to the FDA which hasn’t yet decided if the drug is safe for women who are breastfeeding.

The drug infusion costs between $20,000 to $35,000, according to NBC.

“This is for postpartum depression, but it is a step in understanding how we treat depression more broadly,” said brexanolone trial investigator Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody. “We have had the same treatments for depression for 30 years. There’s an enormous need for new, novel ways to treat depression, and to treat it quickly.”

Meltzer-Brody is also the director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to NBC.

The FDA recently approved a nasal spray containing ketamine as a treatment for severe depression. Ketamine is a medication used largely by veterinarians as an anesthetic. It has hallucinogenic effects and produces a trance-like state. (RELATED: FDA Recommends New Nasal Drug For Treating Depression)

“I woke up from a nap, and the thoughts were gone. And they never came back,” said Stephanie Hathaway who suffered from postpartum and participated in a brexanolone trial. “And then hour after hour, I got my energy back. I got my appetite back. I was eating because I was actually hungry, not because people were making me eat,” she said, according to NBC.

The drug will be available in June, according to CNN.

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President Donald Trump may be in danger of losing North Carolina in 2020, according to an Elon University poll released Monday.

The poll found that 48 percent of registered North Carolina voters would vote for any Democrat to survive the primary process over Trump, compared to just 36 percent who said they would support the president no matter who ran against him.

Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, earning 49.8 percent compared to the Democrat’s 46.2 percent. North Carolina has 15 electoral votes.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participates in the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This is the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participates in the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This is the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

When limited to Democratic voters, former Vice President Joe Biden led the pack in the primary with 55 percent of the vote. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders took second with a respectable 44 percent. (RELATED: Trump 2020 Team Has Massive Plan That Relies On 2016 Victory)

“Consistent with many others polls, we find President Trump maintains strong loyalty among registered Republicans in North Carolina,” said Jason Husser, poll director and associate professor of political science at Elon University.

“However, unaffiliated voters are currently breaking toward a hypothetical Democratic candidate by a margin that could portend serious trouble for the president’s 2020 coalition,” he continued. “That said, I expect many of those voters will change their minds as the Democratic nominee moves from hypothetical to actual; the extent of this change will largely shape what we see in North Carolina over the next 20 months.”

It should be noted that on election day in 2016, only one poll claimed that Trump would take the state. The New York Times, Quinnipiac, and left-leaning Public Policy Polling all showed Clinton winning the race by a significant margin.

North Carolina has voted Republican in every election since 1980 with the exception of President Barack Obama’s first term during the 2008 election. Elon University surveyed 914 registered voters. Researchers contacted 423 by phone or email randomly, and 491 were interviewed online through an opt-in survey. Elon reports a “credibility interval” of 3.5 percentage points in either direction. The survey ran from Feb. 20 through March 7.

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North Carolina employees filed a lawsuit Monday over the state’s failure to renew health care coverage for transgender therapies and surgeries.

Two transgender dependents and five current or former state employees sued the state, arguing the move violates federal law by refusing to pay for what they deem are medically necessary procedures. The lawsuit alleges the health care plan provided to state employees is unconstitutional because it doesn’t pay for surgeries and hormone treatments that it previously covered, according to The Associated Press.

The lawsuit also alleges the state’s health care plan violates the Affordable Care Act along with federal education law and the equal protection clause.

“We have to think of it like any medical condition that is treated by a doctor and is diagnosed,” said Lambda Legal lawyer Taylor Brown. Brown is transgender and leads the case.

“To have to live in a world that perceives you, and that assigns you, as something that you’re not … It can make life unlivable for many people,” Brown said. “And that’s why we see such high suicide rates in the transgender community.”

North Carolina’s health care plan provided coverage for transgender therapies and surgeries through 2017 but stopped providing the care in 2018 after Republican State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office, the AP reported.

A former treasurer voted with the state’s health care board to extend the procedures for a year, according to Folwell spokesperson Frank Lester. The coverage was not renewed under Folwell, according to Lester.

Crowds of people protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military, in Times Square, New York, U.S., July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Brown also said in an interview that transgender employees are regularly discriminated against and treated unfairly. “Transgender people are treated differently. They’re not getting equal pay, in effect, for equal work,” Brown said, according to the AP.

The lawsuit follows a lengthy battle in the state over its 2016 “bathroom bill,” forcing transgender persons to use public bathrooms according to their biological sex rather than the gender identity. Lawmakers failed to repeal the bill in March 2017 and the law remains in effect. (RELATED: Here’s Why Lawmakers Are Backing Off Transgender Bathroom Bills In 2018)

The state saw massive protests and pushback from the LGBTQ community following the bill’s passage. A number of businesses and corporations threatened to cease business in the state in protest of the bill.

The state’s treasury office declined to provide further comment pertaining to the lawsuit, given it is pending litigation, the AP reported.

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris is bowing out of the race to represent North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, citing health concerns in a statement Tuesday.

North Carolina’s Board of Elections unanimously ordered a new election in the district Thursday due to evidence of illegal ballot harvesting by a Harris campaign contractor. The race was the only 2018 midterm election that had not been certified. Harris, a former pastor, had an unofficial lead of roughly 900 votes and has maintained he did not know of any illegal activity.

Harris threw his support behind Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing as the new GOP candidate. (RELATED: Tears In The Courtroom As Son Of GOP’s Mark Harris Contradicts Him During Ballot Harvesting Hearing)

“I hope that those who have stood with me will strongly consider getting behind Stony Rushing,” Harris said in his statement.

He also added that he will be having surgery in late March because of an “extremely serious condition.”

“I owe it to [my wife], my children and my six grandchildren to make the wisest decision for my health,” Harris said in the statement. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign.”

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Mark Harris, Republican candidate from North Carolina's 9th Congressional district, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Mark Harris, Republican candidate from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

The state elections board decided that neither Harris nor Democratic opponent Dan McCready gained victory in the 2018 midterm election after allegations that Harris campaign operatives illegally harvested ballots. The board held a four-day hearing that ended Thursday after testimony from Harris and his son John Harris, who said that he had warned his father about “shady” political operative McCrae Dowless.

Former Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared he will not seek the GOP nomination in a primary Monday.

“I’ve come to a conclusion that I am making a difference right now in educating the public and teaching at UNC but am keeping the option of running for governor or the U.S. Senate,” McCrory said Monday according to WRAL.

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

North Carolina’s Board of Elections unanimously ordered a new election in the state’s 9th Congressional District due to “corruption” and “illegal activity… involving absentee ballots” after four days of hearings that drew to a close Thursday.

The board decided that neither Republican Mark Harris nor Democrat Dan McCready gained victory in the 2018 midterm election after allegations that Harris campaign operatives illegally harvested ballots, reported Politico Thursday.

The race was the only 2018 midterm election that had not been certified. Harris, a former pastor, had an unofficial lead of roughly 900 votes.

The board came to a decision after Harris testified and said a new election was needed. (RELATED: Tears In The Courtroom As Son Of GOP’s Mark Harris Contradicts Him During Ballot Harvesting Hearing)

“Through the testimony I’ve listened to over the last three days, I believe a new election should be called,” Harris said. “It has become clear to me that the public’s confidence in the 9th District seat general election has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted.”

Harris did not finish his testimony Thursday because of recent health problems. His son, 29-year-old John Harris, had testified Wednesday that he had warned his father about a “shady” political operative.

Republican Congressional candidate for North Carolina's 9th district Mark Harris (C), addresses the crowd as President Donald Trump (L) and Republican Congressional candidate for North Carolina's 13th district Ted Budd (R), listen at the Bojangles Coliseum on October 26, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Republican Congressional candidate for North Carolina’s 9th district Mark Harris (C), addresses the crowd as President Donald Trump (L) and Republican Congressional candidate for North Carolina’s 13th district Ted Budd (R), listen at the Bojangles Coliseum on October 26, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

That operative was McCrae Dowless, who worked for the Harris campaign as a contractor through the political consulting firm Red Dome Group. Dowless orchestrated an illegal ballot-harvesting operation in the 2018 election, North Carolina’s elections director Kim Strach said at a hearing Monday.

It is unclear whether Harris will run again. Also unclear: the timing and exact process for the new election, according to ABC News.

“The State Board will set the dates of the election at a subsequent meeting,” the board wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

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