Thursday, October 19, 2006

Speaking of medicine

I saw the latest Claritin-D ad the other night, in which actors say rubbish like, "Thank you, Claritin-D, for not changing your formula! I can still count on you to clear up my congestion!"

The commercial would only need minor tweaking to make a great Saturday Night Live sketch:

"Thank you, Claritin-D, for making sure I still have ingredients for my latest batch of meth!"

Anyway, here's Schering-Plough HealthCare Product's bullshit "explanation" for why Claritin-D is now a behind-the-counter product:
"Federal legislation takes effect on September 30, 2006 that imposes a deadline on moving allergy and cold products containing the active ingredient pseudoephedrine (PSE) off store shelves and placing them behind the pharmacy or customer service counter. This legislation will make it harder to find longer lasting allergy and cold decongestants. Interestingly, many allergy and cold sufferers surveyed were unaware of the changes both in the law and on the shelf product reformulations."
I know Claritin-D contains methamphetamine ingredients, and maybe everybody else knows, too. Would it really kill the drug maker to acknoweledge they're part of a problem?


Holly said...

By reading the Federal Register today I found out that in addition to pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine is also regulated because of its use for meth manufacture. It's used for treating urinary incontinence in spayed dogs. What's really interesting is that your tax dollars paid for an oufit called IMS Health Government Solutions to figure out how much of those ingredients are medically necessary in the U.S. The DEA determined form the report that 3,800 kg of ephedrine, 350,700 kg of pseudoephedrine, and 4,354 kg of phenylpropanolamine were required to meet the medical needs of the United States. The upshot of the FR report is about setting new quotas for the export and import of the stuff and how they think it won't impact the economy more than 100 million.

lulu said...

You can also just take massive amounts of it and get really messed up. We had a big problem with it at school a few years ago. The kids call it Triple C (Claritin COugh and Cold). They would take it and be out of their minds and frequently vomiting in class. (why anyone would want to spend their days like that is beyond me)

Alasdair said...

Yuck. I don't like taking it even in regulation doses.

Vomit in class, eh? Peculiar fringe benefit...