STAT+: Pharmalittle: U.S. doubles order of Pfizer Covid-19 pill; court revives suit claiming drug makers funded terrorism in Iraq

Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. Yes, indeed, the middle of the week is already here, which means there is much to do. No doubt, you can relate on some level. So please join us as we grab another cup of stimulation — our choice today is stroopwafel — and tackle the online calls and deadlines that are piling up. Meanwhile, here is the latest grab of items of interest to help you along. Hope you conquer the world today, and do stay in touch. …

Three drug makers each donated tens of thousands of dollars last year to Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden’s election, despite pledges to withhold or pause such contributions, STAT says, citing a new analysis. During the second half of 2021, Eli Lilly (LLY), Pfizer (PFE), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) gave $32,500, $49,500, and $22,500, respectively, to members of the “Sedition Caucus,” according to a government watchdog group, after claiming they would halt contributions to members of Congress who voted against certifying the election. Merck (MRK) donated $56,000 to several of these members, even though its chief executive officer led efforts to oppose restrictive state voting laws.

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