The political scene is hot right now. The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have ended, but what does this all mean? No, not a presidential election and finally new president. It means that it is time for the pharmaceutical companies to shower the politicians with gifts and parties. Hooray! Astra-Zeneca, Lilly, Pfizer and almost every other industry leader has been there to "sponsor" luncheons at the DNC. My favorite is "PhRMA is hosting a brunch dubbed 'Sharing Miracles' at both conventions. The gathering will feature patient stories, cooking demonstrations and appearances by television talk show host Montel Williams and actor Joey Pantoliano of The Sopranos." You have got to be kidding me? 'Sharing Bullsh#t' is more like it. I can't get a free pen anymore but the dude from The Sopranos can hang out with our politicians all the while being paid by PhRMA? I want to hang out with Joey Pantoliano, too. Heck, I would even hang out with Montel Williams.
My point is that if the politicians are firm in their beliefs that the pharmaceutical industry should not be influencing physicians, then they probably shouldn't be influencing the politicians either. It won't bother me to not talk to drug reps or see Pfizer banners at the next medical conference I go to. Let's do away with it all as long as it stops with the politicians as well. As they say in Texas Hold'em, "I'm all in". Now it is the politicians turn. Wait a minute, they're too busy going to the Lilly sponsored event honoring Spike Lee and the head National Black Caucus of State Legislatures.