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Hello, everyone, and how are you this morning? We are doing just fine, thank you, since the Pharmalot campus is unexpectedly quiet. Our short person is sleeping in and the official mascots are following suit. This makes it much easier to focus on things that matter, such as firing up the coffee kettle to concoct another cup of stimulation — and foraging for items of interest. On that note, we are going to get cracking. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you started on your own journey. Hope you conquer the world today and drop us a line if you run across anything tantalizing …

A Congressman wants Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to explain why he hired former CVS Caremark (CVS) executive Daniel Best as a senior adviser overseeing efforts to address high drug costs. “Given Mr. Best’s career working for the pharmaceutical and pharmacy industry, the decision to hire him poses significant potential for conflicts of interest, placing him in a position to make decisions that may pit the income of his former employers against the interests of patients in reducing prescription drug prices,” writes U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

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