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Good morning, one and all. Damian here, filling in for Ed Silverman once more. Here as always is a smattering of items to get your day started. And do let us know if you hear anything interesting out there. …

Senate Democrats conceded to passing a crucial Food and Drug Administration funding bill without any extra policy reforms attached, STAT tells us. This follows months of negotiation in which Democrats tried to add provisions on how drugs are approved, the agency’s authority over dietary supplements, and the review of generics, all thwarted by Republican leaders who wanted a so-called “clean” reauthorization.

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