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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Viagra


Tuesday, and it is a cool morning.  The pellet stove was glowing and pushing out the heat when I came downstairs to make a cup of coffee.

I sure hope we are in it to win it.  Work is not what it used to be.  Too many times lately that work enters the home and the hours that a person should be winding down.

If only we can win the lottery.  I can’t count on raises to get me to an early comfortable retirement.  A couple of million dollars could though.

Issues at work spilled into the dinner hour, the car ride to the soccer field, and to the end of practice.  I got blackberry dropped calls while on the conference call six times.  Sure wish I could get an iPhone.

This day in history “On this day in 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves use of the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence.
Sildenafil, the chemical name for Viagra, is an artificial compound that was originally synthesized and studied to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (a form of cardiovascular disease). Chemists at the Pfizer pharmaceutical company found, however, that while the drug had little effect on angina, it could induce penile erections, typically within 30 to 60 minutes. Seeing the economic opportunity in such a biochemical effect, Pfizer decided to market the drug for impotence. Sildenafil was patented in 1996, and a mere two years later–a stunningly short time compared to other drugs–it was approved by the FDA for use in treating "erectile dysfunction," the new clinical name for impotence. Though unconfirmed, it is believed the drug was invented by Peter Dunn and Albert Wood.
Viagra's massive success was practically instantaneous. In the first year alone, the $8-$10 pills yielded about a billion dollars in sales. Viagra's impact on the pharmaceutical and medical industries, as well as on the public consciousness, was also enormous. Though available by prescription only, Viagra was marketed on television, famously touted by ex-presidential candidate Bob Dole, then in his mid-70s. Such direct-to-consumer marketing was practically unprecedented for prescription drugs (now, sales and marketing account for approximately 30 percent of the pharmaceutical industry's costs, in some cases more than research and development). The drug was also offered over the internet–customers needed only to fill out an "online consultation" to receive samples.”

Back home at 10:20PM, after a short pit stop at home earlier this eve to make dinner.  Chicken Tikka Masala, Basmati, Rice, Peas, Naan, and mango chutney.  Ahh, the simple pleasures in life.

Missed my run tonight and that means I am slipping further from my running goal of 1000 miles in 2012. 

Next time out I will have to make up for missed running opportunities.  Do they make a headset that allows you to listen to music and interleave a phone call into it.  That would allow me to run, listen to music, and work at the same time. 

For goodness sake, we can take a pill to help us sleep, another one to keep your mood in order, one to lower your cholesterol, and others to lift you up (pun intended). 

If we didn’t have all the modern conveniences and worked from 9-5 each day we wouldn’t need all these designer drugs.

A shot of tequila is going to be my eve snack, then watch the news, and then up again at 6AM to start all over again. 

Are you UP for some Viagra puns and jokes ? 

Maybe if I take one of those little blue pills, I will get a raise. 

It is touted as putting a pep in your step. 

It was originally formulated to help with angina, but it helps with a word that rhymes with it.

Make sure you wash it down with lots of water, you don’t want to wake up with a stiff neck.

Photo of the day “Viagra”


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