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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, especially as it appears to be rather quiet out there. Of course, looks can be deceiving. After all, the world is still spinning, yes? So despite the looming holidays, we are as busy as ever foraging for interesting items. Toward that end, we have assembled a few tidbits for you. Hope you have a grand day and, of course, keep us in mind if you hear something juicy …

A benefit plan for an electrical workers’ union filed a lawsuit accusing three drug makers — Perrigo, Taro Pharmaceutical, and Teligent — of fixing the price of a generic skin cream used for treating inflammatory skin infections and raising the cost by 539 percent. In less than six months in 2014, the companies increased their list prices per unit from between 49 cents and 59 cents to $4.59 to $4.72.


Doctors and medical specialists in the Netherlands more often prescribe more expensive medicines when the drug company provides some form of payment, NL Times says, citing a study by the Volkskrant and health insurer VGZ. This is the first time such a study has been done in the Netherlands as prescription information is not public information in the country.

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