And once a company gets their hands on a patent for a lucrative drug, they've historically been able to hand competitors who might want to make a cheaper, generic version a payoff to go away. Lawmakers and just about everyone else who doesn't have a lot of pharmaceutical stock in their portfolios agree that this is anti-competitive and results in the consumer getting the short end of the stick, but as yet there's no way to regulate it. And dickbirds like Shkreli can treat crucial medications like Burberry handbags with impunity. Because it's all legal.
He might be a much more sympathetic figure if every picture of him didn't look like he was
pantslessly typing to you on Chatroulette.
Pharmacists Are Selling You Cold Medicines That Don't Work
At some point this winter, you're probably going to get a cold that forces you to either constantly launder your snot-encrusted sleeves or bite the bullet and make a run to the cold aisle for some OTC TLC.
Unfortunately, recent research has shown that, even though some of your favorite cold medications have been around for decades and have ingredients approved by the FDA, they might actually be as effective for treating colds as waving a crystal around and lighting a candle in your ear while you consult a star chart for the healthiest way to rearrange your furniture. In other words, they aren't doing jack shit.
They're still great in a pinch when October rolls around and you've forgotten
to buy candy and you love talking to cops.
Store-bought decongestant medications used to work just fine, back when they were allowed to include the highly effective pseudoephedrine in the mix. But thanks to the rising population of Breaking Bad-style amateur methamphetamine producers, drug companies were compelled to relegate pseudoephedrine to the pharmacist's lockbox and replace it with another drug: phenylephrine. Now, phenylephrine might be great for shrinking down an aggressively burgeoning hemorrhoid, but recent research has found that it may not be doing squat in terms of de-boogerizing your nasal thoroughfares. At least not in the dosage that the FDA recommends. Actually, even in larger doses, its effectiveness may best be described scientifically as "shit-tastic."
Some of you will swear, though, that the last time you popped a store-shelf blister pack containing phenylephrine, it resulted in your phlegmy dilemmas clearing right up. But the reason for that might have less to do with the drug actually working and more to do with a placebo effect. Which, honestly, can be just as good, just so long as you're content with deluding yourself on a regular basis. The local pharmacy will be more than happy to assist you in this regard and happily take your money for a drug that might have the same healing capabilities as a bag of Skittles.
"Remember to eat all the citrus flavors. They have the vitamin C."
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