Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So....when is a generic drug not a generic drug? When it's a BRAND NAME drug!

Two examples of companies selling the exact same drug as a "brand" and a "generic" at the same time, at vastly different prices!
Press Here for the Youtube video I built....

Just in case this doesn't upload proper-like....

Pharmacists Never Retire....

"Oh that's just Charley. He died five years ago but
nobody's had the heart to tell him."
copyright (c) 1994, The Animating Apothecary
  When I graduated in 1978, I was given a diploma, and with a hearty handshake from the Dean for Pharmacy, was told the Secret Of The Profession: "You'll never retire, and it's all aspirin."

Illustration compilation at lulu press.  Here's the link:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Explaining the Immune System

copyright (c) 1996, Jim Middleton, Animating Apothecary
OK, this really means something.  Not sure what, but it means something.  All right, since you asked nicely, this is an example of antigens attaching to Immune Globulin E, which then locks into a mast cell causing the release of histamine which then leads to vasodilation of nasal capillaries, ultimately causing rhinitis secondary to allergies.  Either that, or I watched 2001 just once too often.....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pharmacy Trolls - collect the set!

I enjoy documenting the more entertaining visitors to the retail realm.  Sometimes the calendar drawings create themselves - this is something I overheard during a diabetes consult, and the customer didn't leave before requesting some iodine and Sudafed.  Fifteen minutes later he came back in and asked again - when we told him he was just here, he "thought the place looked familiar."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

How the Calendars Began....

I drew a series of cartoons for a coloring book that never "came to fruition" as they say in the trade.  Not  being one to throw things away, I put the first dozen drawings to use, and before you could say "1984" the first Uncle Stan Pharmacy Calendar was born. 
"Oh by the way - this medication may cause drowsiness, blurring of vision, urinary retention,
some dementia syndromes, gastric ulceration, renal and cardiovascular
collapse, myocardial infarctions, Paget's Disease, impotence, and almost
certain death...that'll be $8.50"

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

And now, my aunt as well....

Big Rapids – Pauline Leone (Middleton) Hicks, of Big Rapids, passed away on Sunday July 3, 2011, at Mecosta County Medical Center.  Pauline was born in Detroit on June 30, 1930, the daughter of James G. and Viola (Kotke)Middleton. She graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1948 and attended Ferris Institute in the fall of 1948-49 in the School of Business. Pauline started working at Ferris in January of 1964 and retired after 28 ½ of service in the Housing Office. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church since 1948. For many years she loved playing golf at Falcon Head with her women’s morning league. She met with her Big Rapids High School classmates almost every Saturday at Szot’s for lunch. Pauline loved to socialize and exercise. She was a member of PT Plus, Big Rapids Senior Recreation and TOPS. She was an avid world traveler and was known in her later years as Traveling Grandma.  Pauline is survived by her three children; Peggy Leone Congleton (George Fox) of San Diego, CA, Deborah Ann (Dennis) Knopf of Big Rapids, and Daniel James (Connie) Hicks of Fort Myers Beach, FL, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jason (Megan) Knopf and their two children, Jake and Kayleigh of Big Rapids, Scott (Lisa) Knopf and their two children, Alexandria and Carter of Davison, MI, Christopher Congleton of Davis, CA, Patrick Hicks of Fort Myers Beach, FL, and Candice Hicks (Kyle) Ballard and their two children, Carina and Blake of Cape Coral, FL, her younger sister Barbara (John) Foust of Big Rapids, sister –in-law Irma Middleton of Six Lakes, MI, plus many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Harry Middleton, and a grand daughter, Stacy Ann Knopf. Pauline was the sweetest Mom, grandmother and GG (greatgrandmother) who will be dearly missed by all.  A Memorial Service was held 11:00 a.m. Friday July 8, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church of Big Rapids, with Pastor Becky Morrison officiating. Visitation was Thursday July 7, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.

And to add to the unexpected nature of her passing, I just got a greeting card from her yesterday, the 5th....

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A Quiet Moment from 1989

Sometimes the most ordinary moments can be the most memorable.  So save those videos! Now that we can do nonlinear editing, we can condense the past and create our own world... 22 years in the making... woosh!