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Private Eyes on Janet Woodcock

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals hired a private detective firm to poke around in the lives of both Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and Moheb Nasr, who is in charge of the Office of New Drug Quality Assessment, Politico reports. The company says it wanted to determine whether the officials were favoring its competitor, Momenta. The investigative firm Kroll, Politico reports, came up empty. Amphastar's general counsel, Jason Shandell, says it has the "right to question your government" and that "there was no impropriety here." Still, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wasn't pleased. "Pharmaceutical companies should be focusing on getting their drugs approved based on health research and science rather than wasting their resources hiring private investigators to snoop around the lives of FDA regulators and their families," he says.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.