Did you ever get a sample or starter pak of medicine from your doctor? Usually, the pak will have one or two pills in a blister, nuclearbomb proof wrap, and then boxed with some expensive advertising. When is enough, enough ! To top it off, the little pill in the blister pak in the little box is one of five or six other little highly advertised little boxes in a yet bigger box. Then comes the literature that is mandated by the FDA to be put in each box or on the blister pak itself. Then, with the leaving of the little boxes in the bigger boxes, pages and pages of highly detailed literature is presented and left with the doctor. Only God or Buddha would actually know how much of this stuff ends up in the garbage.
And now, with the internet, WebMD, CastMD, Mayo Clinic, and other portals of Net-formation, why is all this waste appealing to the advertisers, the pharma companies, and the FDA subcommittees?
If the waste would stop, more medicines could be used by clinics to help offset the high costs to patients for starter paks, courses of medicines, or to give to those without drug benefits…a rising number ! How about just a 5-10 point update on the med instead of pages of infitessimal fine print squished on multi-folded paper…What do you think FDA?
Well, I hope Al and his Green friends read my essay today. Maybe he could trade some of those "Green CO2 impression stamps" he bought to offset his private jet and give them to the FDA and the Pharma companies. That way, the universe would be in drug balance, and we don't have to worry about trees, water, air, and the uninsured and underinsured. ZZZZOOOOOOOMMMMMM, I hear his jet now………