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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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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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Which states have set single-day coronavirus records this week

Data: COVID Tracking Project and state health department data compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti and Naema Ahmed/Axios

13 states this week surpassed records set just last week for their highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health department data. 16 states in total reported new highs.

The big picture: The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't just due to increased testing — particularly where the number of cases has grown fastest over the last month, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 12,389,660 — Total deaths: 557,279 — Total recoveries — 6,830,596Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 3,169,611 — Total deaths: 133,885 — Total recoveries: 983,185 — Total tested: 38,856,341Map.
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