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ise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. We can tell because the short person scurried for the ride to the local schoolhouse and the official mascots are enjoying a warm and shiny sun that makes it easier to sniff edibles hidden on the official Pharmalot grounds. As for us, yes, we are quaffing cups of stimulation as we begin a fresh round of meetings and storytelling. On that note, we have a menu of tidbits for you to peruse. Hope you accomplish much today and, as always, do keep in touch …

AstraZeneca (AZN) and Shire (SHPG) made $27 million in “secret” payments to health care professionals and organizations across Europe to boost medicines, The Times of London reports. The money covered consultancy fees and “related expenses,” and travel and accommodation for events organized or sponsored by the companies. The anonymous payments were made despite a European self-regulatory code of conduct encouraging drug makers to renegotiate contracts with professionals, such as doctors, and health organizations in order to include consent to disclose details.

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