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Rise and shine, everyone, the middle of the week is here. You made it this far, so why not forge ahead, yes? As always, we are doing our best with the help of some cups of stimulation — we are quaffing hazelnut creme this morning — and invite you to join us. After all, a prescription is not required, so go ahead and indulge. Meanwhile, we have assembled the latest menu of tidbits to get you started on another busy day. Hope all goes well and you conquer the world. Cheers …

French police searched a Merck KGaA (MKKGY) plant in Lyon on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether patients had been deceived by changes to its Levothyrox thyroid drug, Reuters reports. In March, Merck GKaA removed lactose to make it easier to tolerate and replaced it with citric acid and mannitol, a type of sugar alcohol, which thousands of patients said caused severe side effects such as memory loss, hair loss, weight gain, and palpitations.

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