so, we already know that the book is usually better than the movie, but as we get more comfortable in an age of music video cum movie, it’s less of a competition and more of a complement. i’m glad that i watched the dvd interviews of love and other drugs, and that jake talked reading this book written by the man upon whom his character was based. bigups to the toronto public library once again for having it. it’s interesting that the movie omits exactly how instrumental the prescriptions of viagra to women were in making it the number one drug of america, but not surprising. i learned a lot about the world of big pharma, non/selling, and fell for dood’s style- what can i say-i got a soft spot for punchlines, okay? (oh, on a related-literally and literally-note, i really liked sister maggie’s movie happy endings, that i saw recently, also courtesy of the tpl)
“Suddenly, ‘staying drug free’ had been replaced by ‘better living through pharmacology.’ Within weeks, I had begun self-medicating. If I happened to wake up in the morning with a scratchy throat, I’d start a Z-Pak. Even if the scratchiness had nothing to do with a bacterial infection and everything to do with having attended a rock concert the night before, I’d start a Z-Pak. Pretty soon, I began handing out samples to friends and family members who coughed in a way I didn’t like. Without the aid of throat cultures or even a stethoscope, I became a de facto doctor, replacing expertise in medication with access to medication. Emboldened by my early success (funny how concert-caused scratchy throats went away in two days), I branched out into antihistamine prescribing.” (63)
and this is the kind of miseducation that’s killing us all-the kind that has pharmacists recommending to women to skip the sugar pill week and take the pack straight through to never menstruate. never. aaaaaarrrrrgh. but at least, they are pharmacists.