When you walk into our Stop & Shop in town, you're greeted by a life-sized stand up display of a smiling, good looking pharmacist, just old enough to trust but not so old you pass him by, touting the bevy of vaccines he can inject (or the 22 year old assistant) into you while you wait for your deli meat order. As Dan Olmsted would say, "Oh frabjous day!" I was there to buy paper towels and something for a cold. I scoured the shelves for a formulation withOUT acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) and stumbled upon Advil Cold. I had to show my driver's license to buy it.
Once home, I looked at the package and noticed the tremendous amount of drug facts on the back of the box. But I couldn't see the dosage! Huh? Finally, I flipped over the box, and there it was, "One tablet dose!" OK. I opened the box, and popped a pill out, relieved I did not need to go into my garage and get wire cutters to get into the blister pack. Then I saw ""LIFT HERE for more drug facts." Lift here turned into three, count them three pages of info on this cold medicine so that I could make an informed decision about taking the product. Sniffing like Scarface is frowned upon, so I decided to take that ONE TABLET DOSE!
Doctors do not provide anywhere near this much information about the vaccines they inject into you. Show your license? Nah, just roll up your sleeve.
This is wrong.