The phar­macy spend­ing trap

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

Phar­ma­cies are among the worst up-sell­ers in re­tail.

Their shelves should be packed with pills, cap­sules and creams backed by med­i­cal sci­ence, not purse-de­plet­ing place­bos, un­needed multi-vi­ta­mins, and herbal ex­tracts sci­ence has not proven ben­e­fi­cial.

I was, I ad­mit, grumpy when these thoughts passed through my fogged brain.

I had the flu, which had turned into a lung in­fec­tion. I was wait­ing for my anti-bi­otics and steroids so I could go home and suf­fer in peace.

I didn’t de­serve my suf­fer­ing. I’d had a flu shot.

In a phar­macy most of the good stuff is be­hind the phar­ma­cist’s counter.

These are the medicines that have passed through rig­or­ous test­ing, and are pre­scribed by doc­tors.

But phar­macy shelves are filled with stuff no self-re­spect­ing clin­i­cian would en­dorse. These are the prod­ucts for un­qual­i­fied

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