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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, for now: celebrating the turning of still another page on the proverbial calendar, looking in on the Pharmalot ancestors, and catching up on our napping. And what about you? Once again, this is a lovely time to raid apple orchards and pumpkin patches. You might want to stock up on winter gear before prices rise any further. And of course, it is never too soon to plan an end-of-year getaway. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

Drugmakers and wholesalers were far from the only culprits in the opioid crisis that has ravaged the country for decades. Retail pharmacies shared more of the blame than has been previously reported — through willful blindness, weak and disorganized controls, resistance from executives to improve monitoring, and in some cases, simple ineptitude, STAT reports. An analysis of thousands of documents arising from opioid lawsuits highlights a glaring dichotomy: Even as the pharmacy chains promoted themselves as friendly neighborhood businesses and pillars of the U.S. health care system, they were helping foment a crisis that undermined the health of untold numbers of Americans.

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