PhRMA has sued the U.S. government over a rule permitting states to import certain drugs from Canada. The rule, which hasn’t yet gone into effect, is designed to lower drug prices. “It is particularly disturbing that the administration is punting the responsibility for demonstrating safety and cost savings to state governments despite the clear requirement under federal law that the Secretary of HHS must certify that imported drugs both pose no additional risk to public safety and will lead to significant savings for the American consumer,” said PhRMA general counsel James Stansel in a statement. (Endpoints News)

Essential workers are likely to be third in line for early vaccine access behind healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents, members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said on Monday. Adults 65 and older and people with high-risk medical conditions will be the next groups to be administered vaccines. (STAT)

Purdue Pharma, the maker of addictive prescription painkiller Oxycontin, formally pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three felonies around criminal misconduct. The company’s plea deal includes more than $6.5 billion in penalties. (Reuters)

Epidemiologists are split on the extent to which small gatherings are spreading COVID-19. In the states that report data around infection-causing exposures, the leading sources of virus spread include long-term care facilities, food processing plants and prisons. (The New York Times)

As indoor dining and drinking is limited amid the recent COVID surge, waiters and bartenders are once again finding themselves out of work. While establishment owners continue to battle shutdown orders in court, successful challenges have been few and far between. (Associated Press)