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Good morning, everyone, and apologies for the late start today. We encountered various technology and traffic challenges, unfortunately, but we are scrambling to get caught up. With that in mind, we are quaffing more cups of stimulation. As always, here is the menu of tidbits — and it is a long one. Hope your day goes well and, as always, please keep us in mind when you hear anything interesting.

Several drug makers hired their own auditors to perform compliance reviews that are required as part of government settlements over allegations of paying kickbacks or off-label drug promotion, Reuters reports. And the issue raises questions of conflicts of interest. “Work with a major company is an important contract, and an established contractor isn’t going to be independent,” Brandon Garrett, a University of Virginia School of Law professor said.


Drug makers are using ingenious methods to target children — bankrolling classroom lesson plans and comic books, hosting events with costumed characters, and promoting smartphone apps, STAT tells us. The efforts are aimed at teaching children and teenagers about various health conditions, and these are also conditions for which the companies have medications.

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