Pharmacist hints some Congress members have Alzheimer's
Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.
âAt first itâs cool, and then you realize, Iâm filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,â Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimerâs.
âIt makes you kind of sit back and say, âWow, theyâre making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'â...
âI still remember John Kerry â it was literally like the day after he lost [the 2004 presidential election], he came in and he was just standing in line with everybody else,â Kim recalled. âI just remember seeing him standing in line and almost feeling sorry for him â one day heâs a superstar, heâs got his entourage and security detail, and the next day heâs just by himself, heâs picking up his prescription.â - - Picking up antidepressants?? -- Though Kim himself is active in the National Community Pharmacists Association that lobbies on behalf of the industry, he said he usually doesnât push lawmakers to talk shop when theyâre in line as customers.
âYou know, they gently push it aside and say, âWell, letâs set up a meeting,'â he said. âUnless theyâre involved in one of the topics in pharmacy, they probably donât know whatâs going on. But they donât want to say they donât know, so they say, âOh, I donât have time right now.'â -- Then cash changes hands & they're ready to talk.
Although he isnât lobbying Congress, Kim is still working to improve his relationship with OAP. He desperately wants the office to use an electronic system to route prescriptions to the pharmacy, rather than having their physicians call them in every time.