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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is moderately interesting. We plan to escort Mrs. Pharmalot to a cultural happening, putter around the castle, and catch up on napping. And what about you? Once again, we will note this is a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, you could plan a summer getaway. You could curl up with a nice e-book, reach out to someone special or simply plan the rest of your life. But if indulging on social media, do check your meds before tweeting. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

Shortages of some life-saving antibiotics are putting growing numbers of patients at risk and fueling the evolution of “superbugs” that do not respond to modern medicines, according to a new report from the Access to Medicine Foundation. And as a result, fragile drug supply chains — reliant on just a few big suppliers — are coming close to collapse. Drug makers must change “stock and inventory management, improve their agility in response to shortages, and communicate information about their plans and stock data earlier and in more detail to more partners,” the nonprofit recommends.

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