Purple Isn't Green
My sample closet is down to a cabinet, thanks to my increasingly restrictive policies about seeing reps and only accepting samples for drugs I already prescribe. Still, I'm remain amazed and appalled by some of the excessive packaging of the samples.
The other day when I was handing out some Nexium samples to a new GERD patient. (Yes, I know it's the same as omeprazole/Prilosec OTC. But I had them, and this way he could at least try them. If they work, I'll tell him to get it OTC.) I apologetically counted out six little plastic bottles as I pointed out to him that each contained only five capsules. We winced together at the environmental unfriendliness of the packaging (not to mention that each little plastic bottle had come in its own 2 x 2 x 3 inch cardboard box) and this is what popped out of my mouth:
"It's purple, not green."