Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating because that oh-so-familiar routine of meetings, encrypted calls, and messages has, predictably, returned. But what can you do? The world keeps spinning, after all, so please join us as we fire up the coffee kettle to warm up a few cups of stimulation. Our choice today is white chocolate cranberry decadence, for those who track this sort of thing. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to help you along. Hope all goes well and do stay in touch.
Republicans are set to accelerate Capitol Hill’s drug pricing chaos with a new proposal to lower the cost of prescription medicines, according to a summary document obtained by STAT. The effort is intended to compete with a Democratic package from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that is expected to come up for a vote this week. The bill ignores the Pelosi bill’s most aggressive elements, such as allowing Medicare to directly negotiate the price of between 35 and 250 drugs and using an international benchmark to cap payments in the U.S.