Archive for July, 2017

The Spider & The Fly

Posted by on July 31st, 2017

“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the Spider to the Fly,”

You’ve probably heard that poem at some point. The fly, uncharacteristically cautious, sees through the spider’s sly invitation and doesn’t go in. That line from Mary Howitt’s poem The Spider and the Fly is used to describe situations when people come face to face with a person that says something ingratiating and attractive but has malevolent motives and intentions.

Sometimes that describes the pharmaceutical lobbyist groups perfectly.

“You think prices are high? Well they’re not. They’re quite reasonable.”

“You are paying too much for your drugs, but you must understand it’s your insurer’s fault. If it were up to us, you’d pay no more than they do.”

“Of course prescription drugs are cheaper in other countries. But you can’t rely on them to be real or effective. By paying for them in the US you’re paying way more but at least you know there will be no issues.”

That last one is always a tough one to swallow. Remember drug companies are essentially saying that if their own products are bought in Canada and taken into the US, they’re unsafe. They’re saying their own products in other countries are substandard and you shouldn’t buy them there. Do you see how far they will go to get you to keep paying their outrageous prices? “Sure that product may be good for Canada, but not for here.”

Americans have to deal with a lot of media spin and pharma propaganda. There’s never a let up in the chatter and noise but Americans have not been fooled by these ridiculous arguments. Millions have ordered prescription drugs from Canada and Europe and have saved millions of dollars by doing so.

The pharmaceutical industry is not a non-profit. Nor should it have to be. But remember their motive is to make money for their shareholders. Some companies do that by making and selling cars, others do it by establishing online services and selling ads or charging user fees. The pharmaceutical industry does it by making medication to treat short term or chronic illnesses. Their motive is profit. But unlike many other industries which have to price their products at what people can actually pay; big pharma prices their products at the maximum they can get deep pocketed insurers and government to pay. They want people to buy their medications in the most expensive place possible; their cost of production doesn’t change but their profit margins certainly do.

Don’t get drawn into the spider’s parlor. Carefully weigh all the chatter and be smart like the fly and don’t fall for their tricks.

Canada Drugs Olympics Day 4: The Water Balloon Toss

Posted by on July 21st, 2017

The 4th and final day of the Canada Drugs Olympics saw teams competing in the water balloon toss. Players scored points based on where their water balloons landed. After the event, all CD employees were treated to a BBQ put on by our social committee.

Canada Drugs Olympic Day 3: Obstacle Course

Posted by on July 20th, 2017

Day 3 of the Canada Drugs Olympics saw our teams compete in the obstacle course. Each team member must make a run through this grueling course, the collective time determining each team’s placement in the standings. First comeptitors had to run the balance beam, then proceed to throw 3 wet sponge balls into buckets of water while wearing water-soaked oven mitts. Then contestants had to use a broom to sweep 2 balls and 2 pucks into four hula-hoops, it’s harder than it sounds. Then contestants had to throw a disc into a hula-hoop and jump our foam noodle hurdles. Finally athletes had to carry buckets of water through two stages to the finish line. All this while wearing plastic swimming rings around their arms. Fun (and frustration) was had by all.

CanadaDrugs Olympics Day 2: Giant Jenga

Posted by on July 20th, 2017

On July 19, day 2 of competition was held for the Canada Drugs Olympics. The game was giant jenga. It was simple. Build the highest tower possible within 5 minutes. If it falls, you get no points. A high stakes game to be sure.

2017 Canada Drug Olympics Have Begun!

Posted by on July 17th, 2017

Today was the first day of the 2017 Canada Drugs Olympic Games. Today started off with breakfast followed by competitors slogging it out in the 2×4 race. It may look easy, but many teams struggled at the start. This event is organized by our social committee and runs for a whole week. We’ll keep you updated with photos and details of the events as they happen.