Friday, July 16, 2010

Pharmacies and health....or not.

Today is the day the weekly fliers come in for the local stores, so I took a look. Rite-Aid usually sends one, and this week was no exception. The first item I notice for sale? Soda. Chips were another choice item.

Now don't get me wrong, I love soda, though I make sure my sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup, but I have no illusions that even those are healthy for me. They are a treat, and that's that. And I won't deny that I've bought chips from a pharmacy before, as a quick snack when starving. But again, I know damn well they are not health food.

Why do pharmacies sell "food" in the first place? All of it is junky, heavily processed crap that will certainly send those who eat that often to the doctor for RXs for cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

Maybe that's the point. Sigh.


  1. You make an excellent point. I never even questioned this, but you are right. The pharmacies I've been to tend to be full of the junkiest of junk food. Ugh.

  2. They probably get subsidies. And it's easy money for the pharmacies, what with most people already trained on unhealthy eating habits.

  3. If they are getting subsidies, Steve, then they certainly aren't reflected in the prices. That doesn't mean that they aren't; it just means that the consumers are being taken for even more of a ride. Bad health and smaller bank accounts, even at sale prices.

    Alejna, after writing this, I began to to wonder what's worse. Pharmacies sell junk food, which drive consumers to the pharmacist; a nice vicious cycle. But health food stores also sell junk food, just the organic/all natural/woo-woo versions. Consumers beware!