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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, especially since clear blue skies and comforting cool breezes are enveloping the Pharmalot campus. A lovely change from the recent steamy temps. In fact, the official mascot is enjoying the moment by fertilizing our growing collection of weeds. As for us, we are knocking back another cup of stimulation — our choice today is glazed doughnut. After all, the to-do list has not grown any shorter. We trust you can relate. So time to get started. Here are your tidbits, and have a smashing day. …

A U.S. federal judge ruled that Walgreens helped fuel the opioid epidemic in San Francisco by shipping thousands of “suspicious orders” of prescription drugs to its pharmacies, Courthouse News reports. More than 100 million prescription opioid pills were dispensed by Walgreens in the city between 2006 and 2020, and during that time, the pharmacy chain failed to investigate thousands of orders deemed suspicious, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer wrote in his 112-page ruling. Walgreens did not sufficiently staff or train its pharmacies to investigate these suspicious orders. Rather, he said pharmacists were under “constant pressure to fill prescriptions as quickly as possible.”


The Biden administration is in talks with multiple companies about bottling millions of new doses of the monkeypox shot, but it could take three to six months to get them ready for distribution, according to Politico. The administration on Tuesday recommended providers administer the monkeypox vaccine with one-fifth of the normal amount intradermally — between the layers of the skin — to try and stretch supply without sacrificing efficacy. However, officials are unsure how long that strategy will work, particularly if cases increase sharply in the weeks ahead and if the virus spreads outside the community of men who have sex with men.

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