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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you. Given that this is already the middle of the week and we have survived this far, no reason not to continue, yes? Just consider the alternatives. In fact, this modest accomplishment calls for celebration. So please join us in quaffing a ritual cup of needed stimulation. Our choice today is blueberry cobbler. Meanwhile, here are a few items of interest to help you along. Once again, we hope you have a successful day and, of course, keep in touch. We enjoy hearing your tips and tidbits. …

Hundreds of GSK workers have voted to stage a series of walkouts at U.K. manufacturing sites in May over a pay dispute, in what could be a first at the company, Reuters tells us. The Unite labor union said its 750 members voted to go on strike, having turned down a 6% raise and one-time payment of $1,615, describing it as “significantly below inflation.” Unite said the strike will occur at six sites — Barnard Castle, Irvine, Montrose, Ware, Worthing, and Ulverston — on different dates at different times. A GSK spokesperson said the company was “disappointed” Unite decided to strike “despite receiving a final offer,” which it called “an overall package equivalent to a 9.7% increase.”


In its latest bid to upend the pharmaceutical supply chain, the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company has enlisted three dozen pharmacies around the U.S. that will accept a card that consumers can use to purchase prescription medicines at lower prices, STAT reports. The move appears to be a modest start toward creating a larger network of retail pharmacies that could compete with popular discount websites such as GoodRx. But this may also pose a challenge to pharmacy benefit managers, which create their own networks for health plans and employers that are always looking to reduce health care spending, according to one industry expert.

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