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Pharmaceutical Companies Are Making Me Sick

Kenneth, born and raised in the South, resides in Hamilton, Alabama. He enjoys sharing his unique perspectives on life through his writing.

Let this picture be on your mind if you think that your medicines are too expensive.

Let this picture be on your mind if you think that your medicines are too expensive.

Let Me Just Say That

I’m the very first to admit that I am sick. Not mentally, thank God, but a different type of sick. That kind of sick that invades my sleep--so much so that my dreams are now turning into giant capsules and pills with legs and evil faces and running to devour me.

I should have confessed my sickness years ago, but until the Pharmaceutical Companies have acted like a vicious political machine that takes over a friendly company, I was okay. I never complained. That was when I found out just how much ONE of my medications cost. Example: I asked my drugstore owner how much will ONE pill cost? Twenty-bucks, he replied. “Huh?” I replied. “Take it or leave it,” he said quickly and he explained that the pharmaceutical distributors, those big companies located in bigger markets--New York City, Boston, to name two, they gauge the costs of our medicine. I was shocked. $20 for one pill.

I left before trying to get my pharmacist give me a price for one bottle of my pills, but my heart could not have stood the shock, but no worries. I could have ducked right back inside my drugstore and offered him three pints of blood and my first great grand child for ONE Anti-Heart Shock Med. That would have showed him.

Upon Returning Home

I was so happy to find my favorite recliner to enjoy a few hours of TV. At least that was what I thought. I turned right to (as most guys do) one of those all-night sports channels, and each time a commercial was to come on a break, those sneaky pharmaceutical companies had made their selves at home, so to speak, telling me about a new drug that can help prevent men from ages 23 to 78 from sitting up at any hour of the day and sleeping. Their cost: $35.99 and that was the generic price. Then I did some research. Turns out that the same drug for $35.99 can be bought (over-the-counter) for $22.99! Now. Who would be so dumb as to fork-out the hefty $35.99 to help him sleep? I would tell you, but the number, I wager is astronomical.

It’s a crap shoot any way you and I go these days. I know that I am sound much like an old, washed-up geezer who sits alone on a park bench and the highlight of my day is feeding the pigeons who visit me, but not for friendship, I can tell you. They flock down around me for the fresh popcorn. I never would have thought that pigeons were that selfish.

Just Out of Sheer Curiosity

I decided to do a little Channel Surfing (another guy thing), and see just how many Pharmaceutical Corporations were on the air right at 3:30 a.m., Mind you, I am not what you call me a “Night Owl,” because I got my share of those awful shifts when I worked in our local newspaper and when I retired from (that) type of work, I left and never looked back.

But . . .if you are among the earliest of the early morning risers and sleep-deprived individuals, do not fret. If whatever shows or sports find you disinterested, do not worry. There is a drug for that.

I know. One network must have made a deal with (that) particular ad agency because at every break for a commercial, a drug selling me on how I can lose weight, eat all of the foods I want, and feel great. The couple who are hawking this drug sounds good, even the wife part of the duo looks great . . .they even have a “real” doctor thrown in to buy into the drug. You know how I knew that he was a real doc? Because of the white lab coat that he was wearing. And I tell you anytime I see a man or woman wearing a white lab coat, then I need not worry about whatever drug might being sold.

Oh yeah, the doctor added that, “I’ve lost ten pounds,” I guess that the white lab coat just wasn’t enough to get the sale over to people like me.

February 18, 2019_________________________________________________

It's been said that the pharmaceutical corporations are more powerful than the C.I. A.

It's been said that the pharmaceutical corporations are more powerful than the C.I. A.

© 2019 Kenneth Avery

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