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 focuses on our shortest Pharmalittle, who is turning another page in the proverbial calendar. This will keep us busy, although we do hope to have time to catch up on our reading. And what about you? Once again, we note this can be a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors, so a walk or a drive could be invigorating. You could also look ahead and plan a holiday getaway. Or do something simple but meaningful and make time for someone special. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time, but be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice acknowledged a possible opioid lawsuit settlement with McKesson (MCK), the West Virginia Metro News reports. The wholesaler was sued by the West Virginia Attorney General Jim Morrisey, who earlier this week denied reports that a $34 million settlement was near. McKesson told shareholders it took a $34 million charge for “opioid-related adjusted operating expenses” that were “driven primarily by ongoing litigation.” A McKesson spokeswoman told us this was not related to any alleged settlement.

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