Pharmaceutical Companies Are Making Me Sick
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_________________________________________________
© 2019 Kenneth Avery