Monday, January 30, 2012

Is This Kosher??

I had a cold. Not the first time for that. I hate it. Takes forever for me to feel better. I'm a big baby. There, I've laid it all out for you. However, this time I didn't want to wait to get better and I sure didn't want to get worse. 

I heard from my sister-in-law that she too had a cold and felt bad. She said she went to her family doctor and got a "Z-Pack". She took a couple of pills and felt much better within a day. Then I heard a couple of other people mention a Z-Pack and even someone on TV. So, knowing that it work for Sissy and if it was mentioned on TV then it had to be true, I thought that I deserved one also. 

I just happen to have a beautiful young niece that got tired of not having a job and went to school and became a doctor. I am not a dummy and my brain said, " I want a Z-Pack. I have a free doctor in the family. Why am I still sitting here talking to myself?"

So after I couldn't get pity from my niece I knew I would have to use guilt. I mentioned I was sick. Getting sicker. Would probably die soon. I never used her medical services before. I'm her uncle for Pete's sake! It worked. She must have figured the best way to get rid of me was to call in a prescription for a Z-Pack. I was happy. I was going to live.

I made it to the pharmacy without having to stop at any red light. Yes, some were red but I said I didn't stop. The prescription was filled pretty fast and I took the first dose while driving out of the lot. The next morning... better. The next day... more better. Today... bestest. And I still have two doses left. I love this stuff. But all of this is not what I want to blog about. This is called the "setup".

So I get home and looked closely at the box. My new friend, Azithromycin 250mg tablets.
Then as I always do, I looked to see where this great stuff came from. And I saw that it was "Manufactured for: TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Sellersville, PA." Ahhh, the good ole USA. But then I noticed above the "manufactured for" was a "Manufactured In"......

And there it was. "Manufactured in ISRAEL by TEVA Pharmaceutical Ind. LTD., Jerusalem, 91010, Israel".

!!!! My new wonder drug that probably saved my life was not even made in the USA!! Oy vey!! As much as I hate not buying American made products when I can I now can't even get my cold taken care of by a drug made in our own country. And we all know Americans can make some great drugs. Not to mention the great pharmaceutical drugs we make.

So now what do I do? I took the first dose not knowing they were made in a foreign country. I already paid my money for the pills. So I guess I'll have to finish the rest of the dosage. Then in the future I'll have to see if I can get this again by a company making it here in our country. Either by an established pharmaceutical company or some guy named Ray Ray on the south side of town. 

Hey, I have nothing against the Israelis. I love their UZIs and their salt. But I'd rather buy my drugs from an American.  At a pharmacy or down the street from a school yard.

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