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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. This will be an abbreviated session on this side of the pond thanks to a holiday Monday. Nonetheless, we anticipate a busy few days — it would be unusual if it were not, yes? — and so we are brewing some cups of stimulation in order to cope. As always, we invite you to join us. Meanwhile, here is a laundry list of tidbits to get you going. Have a smashing day and do stay in touch …

Pfizer agreed to pay $784.6 million to settle a US government investigation into allegations that its Wyeth unit overcharged Medicaid for the Protonix heartburn drug, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Wyeth in April 2009 over charges the company failed to provide state Medicaid programs the same discounts given to other customers between 2001 and 2006. The feds based their lawsuit partly on allegations in two whistleblower lawsuits previously filed against the drug maker.


An assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center has developed a questionnaire to help doctors and patients assess the risk a patient faces from the financial burden of their treatments, The Wall Street Journal writes. Dr. Jonas de Souza hopes that doctors can help patients better understand the risks they face and avoid the potential harm caused by the financial costs associated with treatment.

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