STAT+: Pharmalittle: Aspen may close South Africa Covid vaccine plant due to lack of orders; Roche insists it can overcome latest setback

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 rather modest. We plan to nurture the Pharmalot grounds, promenade with the official mascot, and have a listening party featuring newly released vintage recordings. And what about you? This is a lovely time to enjoy the great outdoors. You could plan a summer getaway. If you have the nerve, you could catch up on the news of the world, such as it is. Or you could simply take a few naps. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

The possibility that a constitutional right to abortion may cease to exist has given rise to a new set of questions about whether states can legally and logistically stop residents from getting and taking abortion pills, NBC News tells us. The landscape is especially complicated given that the two-drug regimen has been available since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2000. People have been able to get the pills by mail since April 2021, when the FDA suspended enforcement of a requirement that the first pill be administered in person. The agency made the option permanent last December.

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