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Hello, everyone, and how are you this fine, sunny morning? The middle of the week has arrived, as you may know, so why not celebrate with a delicious cup of stimulation? After all, you made it this far, which is a likely sign of surviving another few days. And of course, no prescription is required, which is a good thing. And while you drink up, you can peruse some of the tidbits we have assembled to help you start the day. Hope you conquer the world and, as always, do keep in touch …

Drug companies and other organizations with vested interests are using slick advertising campaigns to downplay consumer concerns over giving antibiotics to animals, according to The Guardian and The Bureau of Investigation. For instance,  the Enough Movement, which is funded in part by the Elanco animal health unit at Eli Lilly (LLY), potentially confuses consumers who are increasingly looking for antibiotic-free meat by shifting the debate from resistance to residues. Scientists believe antibiotics given farm animals is a major cause of the growth of antimicrobial resistance.


Ohio’s auditor and attorney general are launching probes into CVS Caremark (CVS) for billing the state 12 percent more for drugs than what it paid pharmacies for medications dispensed to Ohioans on Medicaid, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The paper analyzed more than 125,000 transactions to come up with a per-pill cost for the 13 million pills dispensed by 40 pharmacies across Ohio in 2017. The data showed CVS Caremark received more than $1.6 million from the transactions. In all, nearly 2,088 pharmacies across Ohio dispense $3 billion in prescriptions under Medicaid.

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