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The Global Pharmacy

A Reason for Americans to Love Canada

Asked when he became so obsessed with voting, the antediluvian Professor Farnsworth on Futurama replied, “The very instant I became old.”  Politicians know only too well that Americans 65 and over vote at twice the rate of 18- to 34-year-olds.  So what “senior citizens” want, they usually get.  What they want now are cheap drugs to treat their myriad of ailments.  If they cannot get them in the United States, they will get them from Canada or elsewhere.  Despite this being an election year, George W. Bush has decided the aged are one more group that he can alienate.  He prefers illegal aliens to “illegal” pharmaceuticals.

Of course, it is not only the aged who are obsessed with drugs.  From cradle to grave, there is practically no human condition Americans do not consider a “disease” with an appropriate prescription medication to treat it: fidgeting, sniffles, heartburn, smoking, anxiety, shyness, melancholia, baldness, menstrual lousiness, and all the states associated with the male and female sexual climacterics.  There are over 20 million prescriptions for Ritalin and its imitators in child management written every year, while scripts for the various antidepressant SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) reached an incredible 142 million in 2003.

According to a March report by IMS Health, global pharmaceutical...

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