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Pharmacists at large pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are warning that their understaffed and chaotic workplaces are putting patients at risk, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: If a pharmacist makes a mistake while dispensing a patient's medication, the consequences can be dire.

The big picture: A combination of large task loads and corporate performance metrics makes pharmacists more likely to make mistakes, they argue.

  • State regulatory boards and associations in at least two dozen states have received complaints from pharmacists, NYT reports, including one who told the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, "I am a danger to the public working for CVS."
  • Doctors also complain that pharmacies contact them with refill requests that patients haven't asked for or shouldn't receive.

The big picture: As the industry consolidates, it also faces declining drug reimbursement rates and pressure from pharmacy benefit managers — some of which are owned by pharmacy chains.

Go deeper: U.S. alleges CVS illegally dispensed invalid prescriptions

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.