Friday, August 22, 2003


"Better to hunt in fields for health unbought / Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. / The wise for cure on exercise depend; / God never made his work for man to mend." - John Dryden

I picked up a prescription for Irma yesterday. I can't believe how much it cost, even with insurance. Then she started telling me about all the side effects and how she gets sick taking them. That's OK with the FDA though. The drug companies make big money selling this stuff and enough makes it into the pockets of decision makers, one way or the other, to make all the side effects go away. Just don't try to sell vitamins and tell people it may help them. That's a major offence, you become the scourge of society! We wouldn't want too many healthy people walking around not buying drugs.

Irma has worked for doctors for a long time now and you would not believe how much the drug companies give the doctors and employees trying to gain favor. Huge lunches for all (several times a week), catered by The Lobster House or various other restaurants in the area. Not to mention the little give away toys and fancy pens and free samples. We went to a dinner paid for by one company at TGIF, all the employees and their entire families, order anything you want...all free courtesy of prescription drugs. Imagine what they do for the important people in Washington.

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