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Pepin's Pharmaceutical Prattle for 12-21-2009

 Quote of the day:


 Give what you have.

  To someone, it may be better

     than you dare to think.

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)







Good Morning!

Dear Santa


Last year I made life easier for you all by making a Generic Christmas Letter. This year it’s the Generic Letter to Santa.


Dear _____ (Santa, St. Nick, Father Christmas, Fat Guy),

This is _________(your name here) writing from ________ (your town, cell, or ward here). How are you and (Rudolf, the elves, your bunions).

This year I have been very _______ (Good, Nice, naughty, confused, superfantastic). I am especially proud of the ______ (food shelf, DWI, Egg plant) episode. I enjoyed _______ (helping others, my cell, mustard) because it made me feel (useful, incarcerated, fuzzy). I even helped my fellow ______ (parishioners, inmates, war lords) with the ____(building fund, escape, trebuchet).  

This year I would like _______ (World Peace, a cake with a file, whirled peas) for my big present. If you can find room in your _____(heart, sleigh, sled, bag) I would also like ______(a car, necktie, Wii, a lighter sentence, a kangaroo) and for my stocking you could consider _______ (diamonds, gold, fruit cake, another egg plant).

I would also like to give you a big thank you for the _________(pony, rocket ship, lump of coal, mumps) last year.


(Sincerely, Yours truly, With love, Yeah… thanks a lot,),

___________ (Your name or alias here)


You can also see other tips for writing letters to Santa here ( )


Merry Christmas!



ps. Best answer this week to the question "How are you?" was "I have the world by the tail and am hangin' on for all I'm worth!"

pps. Please note that some of the links may not be up for very long and that

     you should capture or print anything that you may wish to keep.


1) St Paul company and MRSA vaccine

Syntiron, a St. Paul, Minnesota company, to work on a vaccine against methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA), the bane of hospital practice. The reason that a MRSA vaccine is so big is that the human cost of this deadly infection and the financial cost of antibiotics used to treat it are huge. Don’t expect anything soon but feel free to hope.


2) The Big GLP

This new class of antidiabetic drugs has physicians excited.


3) Stripped mining?

Looks like the anti-data mining of drug claim data provision that was in the ‘Bamacare bill will be dropped. Not a big deal either way.



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4) FDA opens in Mexico City

Heavy on the F and lighter on the D in FDA. More important for the 30% of our fresh produce than anything related to drugs.


5) Feelin’ like Papa Smurf? Green… the new anti-blue

Japanese study claims that drinking green tea may turn mild depression around in the elderly. Other teas did nothing.


6) How could I have missed the FDA pet care widget?

Pets aren’t people but they are getting their own special attention from the FDA.


7) What was that last item? …. Oh yeah… generic Aricept

FDA approved a generic form of Aricept for use against dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. Prices should fall in about 6 months… if I remember correctly.





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