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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: PhRMA refiles suit against California transparency law; a shadowy new pharma group emerges

Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, as we watch the sun break through some hazy clouds here on the Pharmalot campus. Now that the short people have left and the official mascots are snoozing away, we are left to engage in our usual routine — brewing some cups of stimulation (our choice today is cinnamon almond, for those tracking this sort of thing) and foraging for items of interest. Modest, but hopefully productive. And so, time to get cracking. We hope your own journey today is productive and, as always, we ask that you keep in touch …

Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker called the Social Medwork, which bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club, Reuters explains. Based in Amsterdam, the club allows customers to place orders online legally, as long as they have a prescription and a doctor’s letter stating the drug is strictly for personal use. In the past 18 months, the group, which is registered with the Dutch Ministry of Health as a medicines intermediary, has supplied more than 3,000 patients.

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