pain is the staff of life


Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on July 8, 2010

So Merck F is closing down it’s r & d facility in Kirkland. Back in the 80s the Mulroney gov caved-in to big pharma’s demands for a 20 yr copyright protection on new drug discoveries and they all went to town building new research facilities along the 40, especially Merck who built a city. I guess the 20 yrs are up. As it happens, Naan worked in the marketing dept of that same pill factory in the 70s. Back then a side-effect constituted a discovery. Well do I remember a side-effect of Periactin, Merck’s child tranquilizer (? sounds illegal), which caused kids who were taking the trank to put on the pounds. The boys in marketing didn’t waste any time and started right-in marketing it as a miracle weight-gain drug for underweight children. Hard to believe there were underweight kids back then and who the hell was giving their kids tranquilizers in the first place? I can’t believe some of the stuff that went on there in the name of science and health. The little white rats must be celebrating.


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  1. Bill Ayerst said, on July 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Let us not forget the humble 222. 3 of them and a hangover was acceptable. Frost might go into the marketing of cocaine. Frosty the snow man indeed ! Another chemical residue of the mulroney years. Pass the Thalidomide™®

  2. Campbie writes: said, on July 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Many years ago (1994) I was in the ER on account of benzo withdrawal.
    Maybe it was the bug house.
    Me and zz talked on pone about drug names.
    One of us came up w/ Rebutal®
    ZZ tought it would make one argumentative.
    I took the Gallic route and said it would be an emitic a la rebut.
    We coulda made a bundle. sick transit gloria

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