Top of the morning to you, and a fine one it is. Despite gloomy skies hovering over the Pharmalot campus, our spirits remain upbeat and a hopeful outlook is unwavering. After all, as the Morning Mayor used to chant: Every brand new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift. So while you tug on the ribbon, we will fire up the coffee kettle and prepare for yet another busy day. On that note, here are a few tidbits to inform you on your journey. Hope all goes well and, of course, do keep in touch. We enjoy hearing from you …

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to lower drug costs is dramatically more aggressive than expected, STAT says. The plan is sure to please House progressives who have agitated for bold policy on drug prices but, as drafted, has almost no chance of winning conservative support. The plan allows the federal government to negotiate the price of 250 medicines and forces drug makers to offer those prices commercially, and would also dramatically alter the way Medicare divides responsibility for costs between drug makers, insurers, and taxpayers.

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