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 especially modest. We plan to spend time with Mrs. Pharmalot and our short person, and catch up on some reading. And what about you? Summer has officially begun, so if you have not already made a getaway plan, this may be a good time. You could get a head start on the notion by enjoying the great outdoors, too. This may also be an opportunity to make time for someone special or simply stop to appreciate life. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

European Union health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis flatly rejects the accusation by President Trump that “freeloading” Europe is benefiting from U.S. pharmaceutical research. “Sorry to say, it’s fake news; it’s absolutely fake news,” he tells Science|Business. Andriukaitis, a heart surgeon before moving into politics, argues that tariffs on medicines — if ever proposed by Trump — would be “a humanitarian tragedy.” Trump’s analysis, he says, “is such a simplification of understanding. I can’t image how you can simplify it.”

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