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Pepin's Pharmaceutical Prattle for 07-20-2009


Quote of the day: Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

                           Sophia Loren (1934 - )

Good Morning!

Baseball and Busses

     The Minnesota the Twins initially played baseball outdoors at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. During there first or second season I ventured out to see them with a friend. Because we were both too young to drive and had no other form of transportation we hopped on the bus from Maplewood to downtown St. Paul where we transferred.

     We enjoyed the game as only kids can. As we left the stadium I followed my friend to the waiting bus clearly labeled DOWNTOWN. I considered him quite the guide to find the bus so quickly and so close. What we didn’t know is that the DOWNTOWN on the bus was actually Minneapolis. When we disembarked and realized that we were in the wrong city it was too late to request a transfer. Having spent all of our money at the park (except for the bus fare that we just blew) we were stuck. Even if we had the 10 cents for a phone call we would not have known who to call. I could not remember the work phone of either parent but even if I did they would not have been inclined to take off.

     I was forced to do something I had never done before or since… I had to beg for money. Between the two of us we were able to raise the base fare from several good Samaritans. I did have to walk the last 2 miles home because I did not have the extra dime for the final, suburban, leg of my trip (anyone else remember “DIME ZONES”?). I did make it home though, complete with a valuable lesson or two.

     Last November I got on the bus selected by my fellow citizens. Instead of taking us to the shining new city in the sky it has left most of us begging for bus money. The healthcare reform vision of the majority party will further cripple us. Instead of just waiting for a transfer in 16 months, let’s petition the bus driver for a change of route. Contact your legislators and let them know what you think of the route on the schedule.

Have a GREAT week!



ps. Best answer this week to the question "How are you?" was "It has been and interesting morning. (interpreting the tone: not exactly a resounding endorsement)."

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Drug abusers try to buy the antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, on the street because it helps them sleep. Many have had legitimate experience with the drug for its intended purpose but seek it when they get out on the street.



OTC for 17 and older. Two tablets of single strength was previously approved for 18 and older.



Claims to protect skin from harmful UV light effects. Sounds like a drug claim to me…. FDA thinks so too!


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4) New drug approved Effient tablets (prasugrel)

Like plavix but will cost about $5.45 per tablet. The drug had better have some distinct advantages in order to demand a premium.


5) Guidance on anti counterfeiting of drugs

FDA tries to tell PHARMA how to make their drugs harder to copy.


6) Sleeping with the enemy

Big Pharma pledged $80 billion as a way to negotiate out of price controls but now ObamaCare turns on them. Wall Street Journal says that they were played for suckers (but I wonder what they really think). Proposed legislation would add over another $100 billion to Pharma’s costs.


7) Michael Jackson Propofol Abuse pushes DEA

DEA may request that propofol become a scheduled narcotic in the wake of evidence collected at Michael Jackson’s rented mansion.






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