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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is promising. Our shortest of short people will visit for a few days, which suggests another round of our ‘tummies go global’ culinary campaign. We also plan to promenade with our official mascot and catch up on our reading. And how about you? Spring is springing, so this may be a fine time to clear out your castle or sprinkle seeds about the grounds. You could stock up on sundry goods before prices rise still further. Or simply count your blessings, given the geopolitical strife. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Opioid victims and their families spoke at an extraordinary Zoom session in a federal bankruptcy courtroom and addressed three members of the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue Pharma — two expressionless people visible on the video screen and one unseen, Richard Sackler, a former Purdue president who was watching with his camera off, The New York Times writes. The hearing featured 26 people from 19 states. It was a long-sought, galvanizing release of pain, rage and grief, a session the Sackler family agreed to last week, as part of the still-evolving terms of efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits against them and their company.


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is worried about shingles, The Financial Times says. The drugmaker last month launched U.K. Shingles Awareness Week with TV and social media ads urging over-50s to speak to a health care professional. The move comes after its shingles vaccine Shingrix won U.K. regulatory approval. The campaign forms part of international awareness programs that run parallel with direct marketing, where permitted. But U.S. sales are likely to plateau next year and so continued growth will rely increasingly on markets such as the U.K., where direct-to-consumer marketing of prescription medicines is banned. And for some viewers, education looks too much like promotion.

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