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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? A bright, shiny sun is illuminating the windswept Pharmalot campus, where the short person has left for the local schoolhouse and Mrs. Pharmalot is off to a new endeavor. As for us, we are engrossed in the usual routine of sniffing around for interesting items. A few tidbits, meanwhile, appear below. Time to hoist our cup of stimulation in celebration of another eventful day. Hope yours goes well …

Sanofi hired a leading AstraZeneca scientist, Yong-Jun Liu, as its new research head, the second high-profile researcher to leave the drug maker in the past year. Liu, who is a specialist in immunology, currently heads the MedImmune biotech unit at AstraZeneca, where he has worked since 2014. At Sanofi, which is undergoing a reorganization, he will head research and report to Elias Zerhouni, who oversees global R&D.


Doctors in New York are now required to send prescriptions to pharmacies electronically instead of handing patients a handwritten prescription slip, CBS News reports. The move is intended to combat the ongoing abuse and misuse of opioid painkillers. About 60 percent of prescriptions are now sent electronically, although the trend is still largely voluntary.

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