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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, despite a drenching downpour that has left the Pharmalot corporate grounds looking a bit soggy. But our spirits remain as sunny as ever, of course, thanks to the Morning Mayor, who taught us long ago that “every brand new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.” Hard to argue with that, yes? So please join us as we celebrate another day with a cup of stimulation. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest. Hope you accomplish a lot today and do stay in touch …

Drug company payments to doctors at hospitals in China remain widespread, and the problem is the low base salary of state hospital physicians, according to Today Online. “And regulators usually turn a blind eye to the practice unless they receive concrete tips,” a retired health official in Shanghai said. “But whistleblowers are rare.” Most hospitals are controlled by the government, but public funding accounts for only about 10 percent of budgets.

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