Sometimes, At The End Of A Brutal Workweek, I Find it Helpful To Think Of One Small Thing To Be Thankful For.

So tonight, I shall declare that I am thankful that Procardia XL isn't nearly as popular as it used to be.

For those of you not in the profession and/or not quite as long in the tooth as myself, I'll tell you Procardia XL was once a wildly popular blood pressure medication. We used to say we should install a keg of it in the back of the store where I interned and thinking about that just now reminded me that there was once a time when I was not a cynical soul-scarred retail burnout.

Sigh.

Around the time the world started to crush my spirit though, the Procaria XL and its kin started to get their clock cleaned by Norvasc. Once the toast of the town, the life of a Procardia tablet these days must be a lonely one. And for that I can sleep better at night, because that means I have probably escaped the poop bag.

You see, Procardia XL used a rather ingenious extended-release mechanism. In a nutshell, water diffused through the shell of a Procardia tablet at a controlled rate, which pushed out the active medicine contained inside through a tiny hole drilled into the tablet with a laser. Very high tech stuff. Osmotic coating, laser drills, true cutting edge health care my friends.

That osmotic shell though? It never dissolved. It didn't have to. The drug shot through the laser hole and left the rest of the tablet behind. Now, if you don't know where I'm going with this, I want you to think about what happens when you combine this pharmacokinetic wizardry with the mindset of an average pharmacy customer with too much time on their hands.

Every pharmacist my age or older has taken concerned customer questions about a Procardia XL tablet found in their stool. And more than a few have been presented with a poop bag containing an empty shell. Thank God I never got a poop bag.

It's nice to end the week on a positive note.
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