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Bad Science in our Pharmacies
I always have a bit of a negative attitude toward pharmacologists, it's probably some egocentric thing thinking that real science is done by biologists, but let's face it, pharmacology is a very important field and crucial to our well being. Nevertheless, every time I pass a pharmacy (and I'm not even talking about the grocery store pharmacies in the US, I get upset about all the useless mumbo jumbo they are selling there. People should have confidence in their pharmacists. Pharmacology is a science after all, and pharmacists as I understand learn during their studies similar basic knowledge about chemistry, physics, biology and medicine than I did. They have other priorities of course, but I'm quite certain they learned a great deal about ethics and how to relate to patients/customers. So I wonder, how a pharmacist with such a background can lack the moral fibre and sell useless junk ranging from miracle pills that make you thin in a week to teas that make your hair grow back and your skin look 20 years younger. A couple of years ago, it included snake oil and aphrodisiacs. Most pharmacies remind me more of an alchemists lab than of a place where people should only get what is of medical use. Instead they sell pills that are probably harmless, but cost a lot of money without doing much more than my favourite placebo pill. It may not be dangerous, but it's immoral and it certainly won't lead to a higher confidence in the pharmaceutical industry. In my eyes, we should adopt a similar system than the US: Have a big department in the store that sells all those dubious products, and keep a separate desk where prescription drugs and real medical products are sold, just as they are today. I know this won't ever happen, but I still think it would be the more honest choice!