A Pharmacist Just Revealed He Has Filled Alzheimer’s Prescriptions For Members Of Congress
During a conversation with STAT News’ journalist Erin Mershon, a pharmacist who provides prescription drugs to many members of Congress revealed that several lawmakers have Alzheimer’s and that he personally has filled the prescription for them.
As reported by Erin Mershon:
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.
“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,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
“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.’”
The current Congress is among the oldest in history, and more than half of the senators running for reelection in 2018 will be over 65. The average age in the House of Representatives is 57, and the average age in the Senate is 61.
As noted by VOX, the pharmacist doesn’t appear to have violated any patient privacy laws, which only restrict providing medical information that would identify a specific patient. (If he’d said which senator, for example, fills Alzheimer’s prescriptions, that would violate the law.) Still, he gives a surprisingly frank and unsettling insight into conditions that could affect judgment, memory, and decision-making.
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