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Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. We can tell because our short person has left the campus grounds for gainful employment (which involves keeping after very, very short people) and the official mascot is hunting for bunnies. As for us, we are engaging in our usual ritual of brewing cups of stimulation (and we are encouraged by a study indicating we may not be at a heightened risk of developing cardiac arrhythmias). So, time to get cracking. Here are a few tidbits to brighten your journey, which we hope will be productive and inspiring. Have a great day and do remain in touch. …

Thousands of communities suing the nation’s three largest opioid distributors will announce this week plans to proceed with a $21 billion global settlement to resolve ongoing and future lawsuits filed by states, cities, counties, and Native American tribes, The Washington Post reports. The deal could set aside funds for governments as soon as the end of September, and release AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Cardinal Health (CAH), and McKesson (MCK) from litigation brought by communities devastated by the opioid crisis.


The day after Rep. Scott Peters attempted last May to torpedo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing bill by gathering a cadre of moderates to challenge the measure, pharmaceutical industry executives and lobbyists flooded his campaign with $19,600 in cash, STAT reports. Peters, a California Democrat, made waves when he co-led a letter with nine other moderate Democrats taking a stand against the part of the bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Peters voted for the same bill in 2019 and 2020. In all, he received $67,400.

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