Friday, January 11, 2008

Clinics? In pharmacies??? How awful (according to His Honor, Mayor Menino)

Drugstores such as CVS and Walgreen's plan to run "mini-clinics" in their stores, offering limited but actually important, in my opinion (and in the opinion, I might add, of any thinking person) diagnoses of minor ailments including pink eye, swimmer's ear, poison ivy, and the like, and then prescribe medication to treat them.

This is really not all that different from what your neighborhood pharmacist would do anyway, isn't it?

But the Mayor has a problem with it.

“Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong,” said Menino, as he called on city health commissioners to help him block the so-called mini-clinics from coming to Boston.

Huh? What about allowing doctors and hospitals and insurance companies to "make money off of sick people?" Is that somehow "different?"

Pharmacists are among the most noble people I know. The mayor outta get to know them.

(H/T to Dom, whose daughter might just possibly be on the point of becoming potty trained!)