Good morning. Elizabeth Cooney here again, channeling Ed Silverman as another week draws to a close, that treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. This weekend is a long one, as we here in the U.S. will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Ed will be back on the Pharmalot campus and Pharmalittle will be back in his hands on Tuesday. Some news to tide you over until then:
A Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday expressed support for allowing Medicare to directly negotiate the price of prescription medicines, a noteworthy break from GOP orthodoxy from a Trump administration appointee, STAT reports. The remarks from Christine Wilson, a business executive who President Trump appointed to the FTC in 2018, come as Washington remains split on how to tackle high drug prices and whether to allow Medicare to negotiate directly.