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Hello, everyone, and how are you today? Gray skies are hovering over the chilly Pharmalot campus this morning, but our spirits remain sunny. And why not? Once again, we are reminded of a favorite bit of wisdom from the Morning Mayor: “Every new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.” So go ahead — tug on the ribbon, and join us for a delicious cup of stimulation. Our choice today is glazed doughnut. Yes, this is real. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest to get you going. Hope you have a smashing day, and do stay in touch. …

Medicare Part D beneficiaries who have low incomes and receive government subsidies were nearly twice as likely to fill a prescription for a high-priced medicine for cancer or other illnesses compared with Americans who don’t receive such support, STAT writes, citing a new study. The analysis found that many beneficiaries who do not receive subsidies — which can cap or lower out-of-pocket costs — did not fill their prescriptions. For instance, 30% of prescriptions for cancer drugs were not filled, and more than 50% of prescriptions written for medicines used to treat high cholesterol or immune disorders also went unfilled.

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