Pharmaceutical ice cream
November 23, 2007 § 3 Comments
I’m at a medical convention. Like most medical conventions it’s sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. A large hall is filled with stands from the different companies. Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer, AstraZeneca, they’re all here. I’m not very often at conventions like this, and every time I’m puzzled by the pharmaceutical sales people. This is indeed a strange but varied way to make a living.
Judging by the sales people I’ve seen so far, these are some of tasks you’ll have to manage if you want to be a successful drug dealer:
- Talk convincingly about the brilliancy of a ball point pen
- Demonstrate the use of a combined calculator and compass
- Make waffles
- Demonstrate the use of a Skype phone
- Make a nicely arranged plate of fruits
- Blow up several balloons
- Feed aquarium fish
But the most important thing you have to know is how to make soft ice cream. On this convention no less than two pharmaceutical stands serves soft ice. I asked one of them if it was a new way to administer chemotherapy. They didn’t get the joke.
These companies pay for the entire convention. But their presence here is ridiculous beyond belief. It seems like the only thing they don’t have to know anything about is pharmacy. In many ways they represent the exact opposite of the medical sciences, and I think it’s very problematic that the medical community is so dependent on them.