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Pharma Beauty Pageant

I think it is wonderful to read about how determined our young men and women are when it comes to doing the right thing for our country.

What I'm talking about is the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Holly Lea Williams, 20, of Mendenhall, is one of the contestants.

Since she is a well studied young woman, she already knows what beauty contestants do after the pageant.

They go into pharma.

So, of course, after she has attended Jones Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi and majored in business administration she plans on going into pharmaceutical sales.

She may not realize that to go into pharma sales, you really need a degree in catering. Like in catering lunch to docs. Read all about that here.

But, even without that catering degree, I'm sure Big Pharma will welcome her with open arms.

After all, Big Pharma has a duty to reinvigorate our male doctors with a pretty face. Just lunch wouldn't do.

It is all those young, fresh faces that keep our docs motivated! And the patients waiting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once has the great pleasure of being kept waiting in a very large, very empty, waiting room at my doctor's office while suffering from a very nasty case of strep throat. There I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I waited for over 45 mins. past the actual time of my scheduled appointment. I had even arrived early in fact, because I was so desperately miserable.

Actually, I wasn't the only person in the room. There were several people there besides myself, a half dozen more in fact. All of them were very happy, very loud, very busy, standing around, glad handing themselves, and each other. Talking on their cell phones. Talking to the receptionist. Talking to each other. Passing in and out. Visiting with the doctors. And, lingering.

I finally got called in. No one in the waiting room had taken notice of me while I had been sitting there. Nor, took notice when I rose and walked past. I was weighed, taken to an examination room, had my blood pressure and temp. checked, and I waited some more. Finally, a doctor (there were several in the practice) entered, and with a big smile on his face, the first words out of his mouth were - "so, what seems to be the trouble today?"

I did throughly enjoyed what happened next. As I labored to speak in a hushed, raspy, gaspy tone, I took satisfaction (through my own discomfort) as I watched the color change, rising from his neck, spreading across his face. I observed his relaxed posture change. His demeanor morphed completely before my eyes. When I finished speaking, he excused himself from the room without apology. He returned shortly, examined me, and got down to the business of a cure.

There is no "free lunch". There's business write-offs. And, then there's passing the cost on to the consumer. Higher insurance premiums, higher prices, more taxes, and waiting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful girl! Now, as for the rest of the article, I would like to extend the line a little out of the box, and into medicine. Would love to see your views on that side of the equation, Dr. Ross. I have spoken up about that forever, a.o. on Hufpo. WE NEED A NATIONAL POLICY ON HEALTHCARE. The Pharma cost is just one aspect of this problem. I am not really all that worried about the lunches, nor am I about the doctors seeing pretty faces. They see all sorts of faces, and bodies, all the time, and the "offerings" are plenty. The wives have adjusted themselves to that fact, because the "paycheck is good". Let us get into all aspects of medical care, you can do it, Doc. Is it just big Pharma which is profitting, and sexy ol' doc - all doctors become magically extremely sexy as soon as they are through their internships and residencies, some even before that -. Do some stats on associated industries, such as healthcare insurance and hospitals. The results might, just might, be eyeopening. Now, then go into additional costs to society of high medical/pharmaceutical bills, such as.....taking out bankruptcy! Affects a whole new series of elements in the population, such as...businesses, who do not get paid, etc., etc. Chronic illness leads also to divorce, especially if you have children with disabilities, such as...autism. More is involved than the price of meds, Doc. Rost. Get your teeth into the issue. YOU can do it! I just KNOW it! I have CONFIDENCE in you! The pretty girl is just a pretty girl, and educated too, as an American girl she knows that beauty fades, and money remains and where it is AT. And if you HAVE the money, you also remain beautiful, and healthy, that much longer! YOUR TURN! Get this blog sizzling! I have mentioned this before, Medical Malpractice Awards also figure in the complex model, PLUS, as in N. Carolina, where they are much higher than surrounding states, they cause an outflow of physicians to those surrounding states. Which gives....scarcity thus higher prices, plus the pro-rated cost of the the insurance premiums for this little doozy item alone. Scarcity ALSO means that there will not be a doctor available when a patient needs to see that doctor. And IF there are no doctors available, people move elsewhere, and so do businesses, etc. Got something to work with now, besides the pretty girls? Keep those coming as well. I like seeing pretty girls. However, I like handsome man, fully clothed, just as well. How about a few of those extremely sexy doctors with their own input? Could you find and feature them, Peter...?;)

Blogger insider said...

She didn't win!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did NOT win? More is the pity. Let us see the one who did win. Quick. No time to lose! Then, on to the real meat of the medical issues.

Blogger beeta said...

I am starting to think that you are in love with that face! How long is she going to be front page?
Just kidding, she is pleasant to look at, it's just that pretty faces always get you a little more than ordinary faces.
Of all the injustices in the world, this one is easier to digest, maybe!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a pharma rep is all about dealing with rejection.

She'll be fine!

Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

I took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, accounted for 32% of Eli Lilly's $14.6 billion revenue last year.

Zyprexa is the product name for Olanzapine,it is Lilly's top selling drug.It was approved by the FDA in 1996 ,an 'atypical' antipsychotic a newer class of drugs without the motor side effects of the older Thorazine.Zyprexa has been linked to causing diabetes and pancreatitis.

Did you know that Lilly made nearly $3 billion last year on diabetic meds, Actos,Humulin and Byetta?

Yes! They sell a drug that can cause diabetes and then turn a profit on the drugs that treat the condition that they may have caused in the first place!

I was prescribed Zyprexa from 1996 until 2000.
In early 2000 i was shocked to have an A1C test result of 13.9 (normal is 4-6) I have no history of diabetes in my family.
Daniel Haszard


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