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Hello, everyone, and how are you today? Cold winds are whipping about the Pharmalot campus, where things have settled down now that the short person is hovering over the laptop once again and the official mascot has assumed his formal snoozing position. As for us, we are dutifully concocting a few needed cups of stimulation as we dig in for another busy day. No doubt, you can relate. So time to get cracking. As always, we have assembled some items of interest. So hoist your own cup to a successful day, and drop us a line when something interesting arises. …

At least one Democratic lawmaker is openly pushing President Biden to include drug pricing reform in his next big legislative package, after rumors swirled on Capitol Hill that the forthcoming bill might not include such provisions, STAT reports. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont planned to call the White House and is urging his colleagues to pressure the administration in a letter, too. His efforts suggest drug pricing advocates could face an uphill battle passing major drug pricing reform, even though Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House.


The Food and Drug Administration issued a scathing inspection report of the Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) facility where millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Covid-19 vaccine were contaminated, a development that set back plans to quickly vaccinate as many Americans as possible, STAT writes. The report detailed nine serious violations at a plant in Baltimore, including failures to investigate instances of contamination, maintain sanitary conditions and sterile equipment, and follow procedures for preventing contamination.

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