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Absent … or stockpiled?

February 12, 2012

Have to prepare, you know

Thought-provoking article:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46351047/ns/health-the_new_york_times/

After reading reports of scarce but important drugs, please think:

What if life-saving pharmaceuticals currently “in short supply” are being stockpiled somewhere, against the day when they are needed to fight radiation-induced diseases (say, leukemia) among groups deemed “essential to society” in a world devastated by fallout?

As an earlier post pointed out, there have been a lot of drug shortages lately.

For the rest of us, is a time coming when basic pharmaceuticals — over-the-counter stuff today — will serve as currency? Maybe a few pain pills will buy a bicycle someday.

For now, that sounds like dystopian fiction. But hasn’t such fiction been right all too often before?

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie posts from Seoul, Korea. He welcomes correspondence and asks only that it be civil in tone. He also is very grateful for tweets and retweets of blog posts. Contact: kwriter (at) asia.com.

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