Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was refreshing and invigorating, because that oh-so-familiar routine of meetings, deadlines, Skype calls, and the like has, of course, predictably returned. To cope, we are brewing the usual number of cups of stimulation — actually, we have lost count — as we dig in for another busy day. On that note, here are a few tidbits to get you going. We hope your day goes well and, as always, please do keep in touch.
A new coalition of Fortune 500 companies called EmployersRx is hoping to push lawmakers to start thinking about drug pricing policies that will affect the broadest number of Americans, not just changes to federal programs, STAT writes. Called EmployerRx, the group has not formally endorsed the House Democratic bill that would give Medicare a chance to buy drugs at negotiated prices, but its coy position is a startling departure from the rest of the business community, which has blasted the bill as socialist and bad for business.