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Top of the morning to you, and a fine one it is. Clear skies and cool breezes are wafting over the Pharmalot campus, where the official mascot has already had a play date and the short person is emerging from a deep slumber. As for us, we are busy tackling our usual routine of brewing cups of stimulation. Our choice today is vanilla macadamia nut, another of our latest picks for invigorating the neurons. Feel free to join us, of course. Meanwhile, here are a few items of interest to help you along. Hope you have a successful and productive day. And of course, do keep in touch. We appreciate your tips and suggestions. …

As 2022 gets under way, pharmaceutical companies have so far raised wholesale prices by a median of 4.9% on more than 450 prescription medicines, an overall annual increase that is comparable to the price hikes seen over the past three years, STAT writes, citing a new analysis. The numbers are preliminary, though, since not every company has reported their latest prices to industry databases. Nonetheless, the early indication is that many drug makers are keeping price hikes in check due to ongoing bad publicity that has sparked sustained political pressure.


Ohio state Rep. Beth Liston had accepted campaign donations from Pfizer (PFE) before, but this time the check in her mailbox gave her pause, STAT tells us. Liston is a Democrat, and she is a strong advocate for vaccination. She had never thought much of accepting a few hundred dollars from drug makers, but this year, she returned a $300 check from Pfizer and a $250 check from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to pre-emptively head off any questions about her intentions. On social media, even without the donations, people accused her of promoting vaccinations only because she is in the pocket of pharmaceutical companies.

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