DC pharmacy delivers Alzheimer's drugs to Congress

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Citing an article in STAT (which requires a submission to read), Christina Prignano reports for the Boston Globe, Oct. 11, 2017, that Grubb’s Pharmacy in Washington, DC, said it has a cozy arrangement with members of Congress whereby it delivers drugs to their attending physicians so that the legislators can avoid making the trip themselves.
The drugs include prescriptions to treat the incurable Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of senile dementia.
Grubb’s Pharmacy is located at 326 E Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003, just a couple of blocks from Congress and the Supreme Court.

In an interview with STAT, Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb’s Pharmacy, said:

“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country. It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”

Under Congress’ health care plan, lawmakers pay just $600 a year for access to their attending physician, and by extension, the deliveries made by Kim’s pharmacy.
There are three main phases of Alzheimer’s — mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage has its own set of symptoms (WebMD):
(1) Mild Alzheimer’s: This first stage usually lasts from 2 to 4 years. The symptoms include:

  • Having less energy and drive to do things
  • Less interest in work and social activities and spending more time just sitting, watching TV, or sleeping
  • Loss of recent memories, like forgetting conversations and events that just happened.
  • Language problems, like trouble putting their thoughts into words or understanding others.
  • Mild coordination problems, such as trouble writing or using familiar objects.
  • A hard time with everyday tasks, such as following a recipe or balancing a checkbook.
  • Mood swings that involve depression or a lack of interest.
  • Trouble with driving, like getting lost on familiar routes.

(2) Moderate Alzheimer’s: This stage can last from 2 to 10 years. The symptoms include:

  • Memory loss gets worse and starts to cause problems in daily life:
    • Forget details about their life, like when they got married or where they went to high school.
    • May not recognize or remember family members and friends.
    • May forget where they leave things and can’t retrace the steps to find them.
  • Worsening language problems, including:
    • Rambling speech.
    • Trouble coming up with the right words and using the wrong ones.
  • A hard time planning or solving problems.
  • Confusion about time or place: may get lost in places they’ve been before; once there, may not know how or why they got to that place.
  • Not dressing appropriately for the weather. (See “Former John Conyers’ aide says most of them have seen him in his underwear and it’s ‘no big deal’“)
  • Getting angry or upset easily, sometimes lashing out at family or caregivers. (See “John McCain goes postal on Syrian Christians“)
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Wandering.
  • Delusions, such as thinking a caregiver is trying to hurt them.

(3) Severe Alzheimer’s: This last stage typically lasts 1 to 3 years. People in this phase may have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Major confusion about what’s in the past and what’s happening now.
  • Can’t express themselves, remember, or process information.
  • Problems with swallowing and control of their bladder and bowels.
  • Weight loss, seizures, skin infections, and other illnesses.
  • Extreme mood swings.
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t really there, called hallucinations.
  • Can’t move easily on their own.

Below is a video of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on June 25, 2017, which shows her looking gaunt and sunken-cheeked, struggling to communicate, gesticulating wildly and futilely with her hands, repeatedly stopping in mid-sentence and staring at the audience in brain freezes. (See “Does Nancy Pelosi have senile dementia?“)

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0 responses to “DC pharmacy delivers Alzheimer's drugs to Congress

  1. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:

  2. I think as one ages there should be tests given to see the clarity of the persons mind. Not for everything but for things like holding a senate position, house position, drivers license or concealed carry permit. You know, things that would require a stable and clear state of mind.
    How is it of no concern that we have people in office with potential serious brain diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s. This should be mainstream news and anyone with a diagnosis of a brain debilitating disease should step down immediately.

  3. While I don’t doubt that these types of meds are needed by the likes of Pelosi, I’m surprised the pharmacy owner would admit it. Sounds like that could be a violation of HIPPA, even though he didn’t give specific names. Not 100% sure…

  4. Wow. Now we have proof that Congress is senile.

    • I’m sorry, but did you write that you now had proof? I thought that the continual warfare state that came into existence from WW2 on to replace diplomacy was proof of that failed state of mind.

  5. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
    Heavens to Betsy – We require people in the military to be fit and pass a test to conduct our business – why doesn’t this same test apply to our officials in the government to pass a fitness test. If this pharmacy is supplying prescriptions to the Congress and Senate – I think an investigation is in order. No wonder our country is in a “mell of a hess.”

  6. Wow, the asylum really needs a cleanup. The swamp is stagnant, slowly but sure it is going through mass cleanup, old goat Conyers suddenly retiring, woohoo, Mcbrain getting ready to kick the bucket, fickle Nancy, latrine Waters, Ditch Mitch and Mexifornia Dianne are ready to vacate, they need to unglue from their seats and take care before Alzheimer gets a hold on them.

  7. Next stop, the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to vacate!

    • Thanks Maryaha, I had forgotten dear ole (hic, hic, zzzzzz) Ruthie!

    • WAIT,wait!!!-Harry Reid’s not out of the line up yet,but he SHOULD be. We need to keep a close watch on whoever he chooses to carry on his Legacy of “Reverse Improvement Of America”.

  8. Wow! This needs to go viral but of course it won’t.
    Any 30 minute garbage show on TV has at least 6 drug commercials and the side effects alone are as bad as the condition itself. It kind of makes me smile that half of congress might be “suffering” from these side effects. Of course they should just RETIRE already and let someone who can actually function do the job! But that is a dream.

  9. This is such a fabulous and timely article, Dr Eowyn, you have hit it out of the ballpark! I think there is no doubt that the majority of us, knew in our hearts and minds that any number of the sitting Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen, do indeed suffer from the frailties that age wreaks upon the brain. There is no earthly reason why ANYONE with dementia, or other brain diseases should be making laws or judging the affairs of this nation. There should be a mandatory physical, along with physiological testing that should be done to qualify a person for his position. This should be required at least every four years. I would have to say that most of us could easily name at least 10 people in DC that show visible signs of beginning or middle stage dementia. They need to be thanked for their years of service, and retired to their rocking chairs to live out their lives–away from the rigors of doing the people’s business. If we had term limits, I think this weeding out process would automatically happen, but as we all know, those who lust after power, wealth, and prestige just don’t want to let go of the reigns of power. This is just sickening. It really ticks me off that these folks only pay $600.00 a year to have instant access to their doctor. There should be a law which is formulated that if a doctor has a patient who is a lawmaker who presents with dementia, there should be an automatic reporting to the Congressional body, after all, currently doctor’s are required to report to their respective states when a person ceases to be fit to drive–and that person’s driver’s license is pulled. It should work the very same way for those in such important positions.

    • As you described with Drivers Licenses,don’t forget that the Gun-Grabber members of the Dumbocrats are STILL pushing for Dr’s to report any mental issues,however minor,to the Feds,which can result in The Government impounding a Legal,Lawful gun owner’s lifelong collection of guns just because he or she COMMENTED to their Doctor that they feel a little depressed since their Spouse died. That could happen even for TEMPORARY Depression! I think it’s being held off,but we all know it’ll just take ONE incident for them to force it into being LAW.

      • BTW-MY Doctor,God Bless her,refuses to ask any of her Clients if they own guns-she says,”That’s NOBODY’S business but THEIRS. If they wanna arrest me for that,I’ve had worse things than THAT happen to me.”

  10. I despise Pelosi’s politics but I don’t see the pauses in her speech indicating one thing or another. I am concerned by her voting record and ill gotten financial gains while in office which are almost certainly criminal in nature.

    • I saw her making a speech a few nights ago trying to belittle President Trump,and she lost her train of thought three times and had to backtrack to find her place again. She also changed subject in mid-sentence. She’s definitely well into unravelling.

  11. Oh the implications!

  12. This is a very touchy subject;America has to respect THEIR rights as much as our own,yet since they’re writing the Laws and Policies that affect every American,we must hold them to a higher standard. And the higher that standard,the closer we run to the line where we infringe on THEIR rights. I think this would almost be a Supreme Court issue. Perhaps a petition signed by 2/3 of a person’s governing body (Senate,House,Committee…)could be used to have the person in question brought in to be interviewed and tested,and if found would be discreetly “Offered” the option of immediate retirement or being publicly asked (told) to leave. (with no retirement benefits.) Oh-yuck-I’m sounding like a Dumbocrat here…..

  13. Funny that most all of the dust-farting senile types in congress are mostly democrats – and I include John McCanus in that crowd.

  14. Watch: Pelosi in new meltdown – blank stares, unfinished sentences

  15. Well, with nearly the entire Democratic Party in office having been in their “dotage” for many election cycles….pretty sure Grubb’s Pharmacy is doing a booming business with not only dementia drugs…but every other thing they have to aid our aging population of Congressmen and Senators: ….viagra, anti-diharreals, digestion aids, thyroid replacements, dry-eye hydration drops, anything to do with cataracts or glaucoma, arthritis, bladder control….I’m exhausted just trying to remember what kind of list they might have to fill for these people. Grubb’s Pharmacy is sitting in the Cat Bird Seat, FOR SURE!

  16. This means any addle brain can serve in Congress. Goes a long way in explaining some things.

    • Indeed, they have and are so doing as we speak, read, and write, even if they are increasingly unable to do so. Let’s face it: term limits are self-defeating in terms of someone doing good work. What we MUST do is to STOP RE-ELECTING these duds. However, even then we are saddled with a Constitution that tends to re-enforce the idea of two national parties, when the reality is that it is possible to have Constitutionally enabled proportional representation. The more points of view that are heard nationally, then the more likely major issues will not be ignored. But then, as Jefferson observed, unless we have newspepers [media] that are truly free and independent, we are doomed to repeat the previous era’s follies per ad infinitum.

  17. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    Certainly explains a lot

  18. And of course the people pay for all this in more ways than one. It is a shame that when memory starts failing them and their functions are ebbing. They refuse to step down. We all suffer and bad decisions and votes happen.


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