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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: J&J ordered to pay $4.7 billion over baby powder cancer links; Novartis and Trump lawyer were tighter than thought

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 is looking hopeful. We expect to spend time with a couple of our short people, escort Mrs. Pharmalot to an outdoor gathering, and entertain a Pharmalot relative. And what about you? This is a lovely time to enjoy the great outdoors. There is still an opportunity to plan a summer getaway, as well. Or you could pull out the calculator to see how much the trade wars will cost you. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

The relationship between President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and Novartis (NVS) was more extensive than the drug maker previously disclosed, and the company issued misleading statements about the relationship, STAT writes about a report issued by Senate Democrats. Dozens of emails and other documents revealed the agreement between Cohen and Novartis was longer and more detailed than had been previously stated. Moreover, Novartis explicitly sought to hire Cohen to gain access to “key policymakers” and provided him with ideas for lowering drug costs, which later appeared in the Trump administration blueprint developed to address the issue.

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