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For pharmaceutical companies, online prescribing has now become a powerful tool to drive sales, sending hundreds of thousands of patients to the clinic at the moment they are most primed to ask for a specific prescription, STAT reports. Dozens of drug sites now have built-in buttons to “talk to a doctor now” about everything from novel migraine medications to a treatment for sickle cell disease. Popular Media, the company that runs the platform for the Linzess drug for treating irritable bowel syndrome, says that across its telehealth prescribing programs, more than 90% of eligible patients who finish intake forms get a script for the drug they clicked on.


The European Court of Auditors published a report accusing the European Commission of refusing to disclose details of the role played by EC President Ursula von der Leyen in Covid-19 vaccine contract talks with Pfizer, Politico writes. The budget watchdog found the EU chief threw out the rulebook to reach a preliminary deal, paving the way for a May 2021 contract for up to 1.8 billion doses. For other vaccine deals in 2020 and 2021, EC officials and seven member countries held exploratory talks and outcomes were taken to a Vaccine Steering Board made up of representatives from all 27 EU member states for agreement. But this established procedure was not followed for the Pfizer contract.

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