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Top of the morning to you, and a fine one it is, despite some gloomy clouds hovering over the Pharmalot campus. After all, as the Morning Mayor used to say: Every brand new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift. So while you tug on the ribbon, we will brew another cup of stimulation and dig in for yet another busy day. No doubt, you can relate. To help you along, yes, we have assembled another menu of tidbits. Hope you find these helpful and have a thoroughly productive day. Cheers, and do keep in touch. …

Two whistleblowers at a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the largest drug price increases in U.S. history said the company bribed doctors and their staffs to increase sales, according to CNN, citing newly released documents in a court case. The effort was part of an intentional “multi-tiered strategy” by Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now Mallinckrodt (MNK), to boost sales of H.P. Acthar Gel, cheating the government out of millions of dollars. The price of the drug rose almost 97,000% from $40 a vial in 2000 to nearly $39,000 today.

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