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Seasonal Potpourri and other stuff

I’m really considering trying to arrange some kind of discussion around why the drug industry charges so much for drugs and the true cost of research etc. Maybe when I have more time. It is a very important topic and the people closest to the problem seem to be left out of the policy discussions. I think it’s time we hear from them.

Closely related, Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline has a short post about how devastating the mergers have been to R&D. He touches briefly on a subject that Matt Taibbi and Michael Lewis could write volumes about: consultant groups, like McKinsey and BCG. Take about vampire squids and blood funnels. This is a vast untapped area of greed and corruption that just flies under the radar.

Update: Derek posted this morning about the firing of Chris Viehbacher from Sanofi recently. A Whistlblower alleges that this is due to kickback arrangements Viehbacher had with consulting company Accenture and others. It’s intriguing especially because Accenture is all over pharma and I’ve had friends who have had to deal with them before. There is a lot of money involved in an Accenture deal, lots of subcontractors, lots of poorly paid developers in India, many delays, budget overruns and poor products. Think of Obamacare’s rollout. Yeah, like that, only worse. That’s what consultants do for pharma. Am I surprised that Accenture might be involved in unethical activity? Not in the least.

On a more cheerful note, I love Christmas time. It’s not because of the concept of Christmas. Historically, it makes no sense. But I love all the celebrations at the end of the year. I’ve taken a fancy to Solstice because it is a celebration of nature and I love that. Nevertheless, I have a Christmas tree because it is pretty and shiny and reminds me of my grandparents.

But I’ve stayed away from decorating Christmas cookies. It is always my intention to make them every year but I never get around to it. This year, I might attempt something simple, like reindeer cutouts. But check out this Christmas cookie to end all Christmas cookies from youtuber Sweetambs:

She makes it sound so easy. Yeah.

But if red flood icing is not your thing, maybe you’d rather dance. Here’s a line dance to Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer.

I might actually give this a try.


14 Responses

  1. I don’t know how the technology of websites and blogs works. Is there a way to host either a real-time forum or a time-delayed-in-stages forum here where other pharmaceutical research chemists and designers could come and interact by comment? Perhaps write intro-essays describing particular problems they would like to make known?

  2. Happy Holidays! 🙂

    • The characters look familiar but I can’t name the anime.

    • That’s not redneck. Anything not redneck means the terrorists win.

      Pray to your lord and savior Chuck Norris for your salvation, for as a champion martial artist he would surely always shun anything to do with any furrininish stuff coming from those gol-durn weird east asiany countryish things.

      • LOL! I have no idea why this matters but it’s hilarious.

      • I call fraud. Were XCQAS a true redneck, s/he would have written “terrists”. 😉

      • I once saw on the cover of Cigar Aficionado magazine a full cover photograph of Chuck Norris holding a cigar. I should have bought that issue right there on the spot. It would have been so funny to expand that cover photo of Chuck Norris holding a cigar to poster size and give it the caption: Noted anti-drug activist Chuck Norris posing
        with a nicotine delivery device.

        • [snark] Silly R. U. Rabbit! It’s not a drug if it’s legal! [/snark] :mrgreen:

          • Oh . . .? Well then, all we have to do is re-legalize marijuana ( or de-illegalize it) or even have a brave President unilaterally remove it from the Scheduled Controlled Substances List and marijuana will no longer be a drug anymore too.

  3. Haters gonna hate,hate,hate,hate hate, but I thought Alison Williams was terrific as Peter Pan.

  4. Our supply of free pens is dwindling since the missus’ place of employment has put stricter rules on pharma reps gifting the doctors.

    On another note the costs of my maintenance drugs is going up considerably, I’m wondering if it’s due to Romney-care. The price for a ninety day scrip is still way lower than retail.

    On that pipeline article it alleges millions in kickbacks, it makes you wonder just what the percent of operating costs it represents.

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