Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Hello? Moe's Pharmacy?

Possible Side Effects: As life would have it, someone Abq Jew is very close to recently (OK ... 18 months ago, but for a long time) had a couple of spots on his forehead. Sorta like the spots that were recently removed from our dear friend, First Lady Dr Jill @FLOTUS Biden.

Not to worry: It turns out that the best way to remove those spots (and the glop that lay underneath) was through something called the Mohs Procedure.

Two Moes

Yeah, that's what Abq Jew thought. So, just so we get our Moes straight -

Moses Harry Horwitz (June 19, 1897 – May 4, 1975), known professionally as Moe Howard, was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of The Three Stooges, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades.

Moammar Morris "Moe" Szyslak is a recurring character from the animated television series The Simpsons. Moe is the proprietor and bartender of Moe's Tavern, a Springfield bar. His ethnic origin is, to say the least, ambiguous.

Dr F E Mohs

However. The Procedure is actually named after Dr Frederic E Mohs, who developed it at the University of Wisconsin, many years ago. YouTube is just chock full of videos showing all aspects of the Mohs Procedure - including how to perform one on yourself at home. No anesthesia needed. Or permitted - gotta stay alert!

Abq Jew is not providing any links.

Wait a minute

All of that is just background.
What Abq Jew really wants to tell you, his loyal readers, about is


which, through a complicated series of events (familiar to too many) involving Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, and three (3) pharmacies, that someone Abq Jew is very close to actually received a prescription for. 

And filled it.
Whereupon someone Abq Jew is very close to
read* before taking:

Levofloxacin 500mg Tablets

Common Uses: It is used to treat bacterial infections.

This drug has an FDA warning.

This drug may cause severe side effects like irritated or torn tendons; nerve problems in the arms, hands, legs, or feet; and nervous system problems. These can happen alone or at the same time. They can happen within hours to weeks after starting this drug. Some of these effects may not go away, and may lead to disability or death. 

The chance of irritated or torn tendons is greater in people over the age of 60; heart, kidney, or lung transplant patients; or people taking steroid drugs. Tendon problems can happen as long as several months after treatment. 

Call your doctor right away
if you have pain, bruising, or swelling in the back of the ankle,
shoulder, hand, or other joints. 

Call your doctor right away
if you are not able to move or bear weight on a joint
or if you hear or feel a snap or pop.

Call your doctor right away
if you have signs of nerve problems. These may include not being able to handle heat or cold; change in sense of touch; or burning, numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. 

Call your doctor right away
if you have signs of nervous system problems.
These may include anxiety, bad dreams, trouble sleeping, change in eyesight, dizziness, feeling confused, feeling nervous or agitated, feeling restless, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), new or worse
behavior or mood changes like depression or thoughts of suicide,
seizures, or very bad headaches. 

Do not take if you have myasthenia gravis.
Very bad and sometimes deadly breathing problems have happened
with this drug in people who have myasthenia gravis

For some health problems, this drug is only for use
when other drugs cannot be used or have not worked.
Talk with the doctor to be sure that
the benefits of this drug are more than the risks.


The actual Levofloxacin Product Information sheet was not, of course,
printed with large, boldface type and color. It was printed more like this.

Someone Abq Jew is very close to opted instead for 


Now, when Abq Jew heard this story from someone very close to him, 

Please Read
Laurie Rosenwald

he (which is to say, Abq Jew) immediately recalled reading something quite similar in - where else? - The New Yorker. In an article that Larry Doyle wrote in January 2007 titled 

Please Read Before Suing

and which speaks, comically, of such possible side effects as

headaches, nausea, vomiting,
vomiting from places other than the mouth,
tiny voices, rapidly cycling hypo- and hypertension resulting in staggering about with protruding eyeballs, cacophonous bowel sounds,
muscle and joint pain that feels like slow roasting,
inability to urinate, inability to cease urinating,
sudden double-jointedness, cottonmouth mouth,
itching in an unreachable location, athlete’s face, knee sap,
extremely offensive odor that smells like strawberries to you,
undead feeling, migrating love handles, reverse vertigo,
cravings for bees and other sweet insects,
Jolie lips, full-body sloughing,
jazz hands, visible bubbles in the blood, eye hair,
abdominal rash that spells “let me out,”
uncontrollable urge to contact attorneys, laughing buttocks,
and a blinding but oddly comforting white light.


Abq Jew and his lawyers wish you
a happy and healthy 2 b'Shevat.

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