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Taking Pfido on vacation is pfine with Pfizer

cereniaSometimes the news media is just soooo cynical.

Case in point: Pfizer, the drug company, is extolling the benefits of taking the family dog along when traveling for the holidays. The holidays are stressful times, Pfizer notes. Dogs can help relieve stress. Why leave a beloved member of the family behind?

In an email worthy of Hallmark that was sent to various news media outlets, Pfizer makes note as well of the “tough economic times” and how “the unconditional love from your dog can go a long way toward helping your family manage that extra stress.”

How thoughtful.  Imagine, a multi-national corporate giant like that being so full of holiday spirit that they are thinking about us little people/dog owners when they could be obsessing, Scrooge-like, about profits.

Pfizer even launched a Twitter feed called “Dog On Board” to “help families talk about including their dog in their family holiday.” 

Leave it to the Wall Street Journal, in the newspaper’s ”Health Blog,” to suggest Pfizer might have an ulterior motive when it suggests you pack your dog along in the car or airplane when you make your holiday trip.

Pfizer sells Cerenia, a drug that prevents motion sickness and vomiting in dogs.

satire sigBut is that so terrible? So what if Pfizer stands to profit more if more dogs are going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, preferably by winding roads?

Lest that make you — like all the cynical news media and bloggers — question Pfizer’s sincerity and compassion, allow me to remind you that Pfizer is the same company that offered this summer to give away more than 70 of its most widely prescribed human drugs, including Lipitor, Zoloft and Viagra, for up to a year to people who have lost jobs since Jan. 1 and have been taking the drug for three months or more.

Of course, there were cynics when they did that, too — those who speculated the company was doing it for a tax write-off, to gain favor in Washington, or to ensure that those who are hooked on Pfizer’s fine products, maintain their, shall we say, allegiance.

While the news media and bloggers are having a field day with what they see as Pfizer’s awkwardly see-through attempt to drum up business, I, for one, salute the drug company –  not just for bringing relief to the estimated one in seven dogs who get carsick, and not just for ensuring that an unemployed man can get, if not a job or health care, at least a boner, but for being able to fool so many of the people so much of the time.

Comments

Comment from Jenifer
Time November 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

wonderful post and have you applied for employment with SNL??? Love the subtle and not so subtle humor!

On the topic though it is a classic illustration of most American society being utterly gullible and refusing to look at what is really going on: the media says the Second Great Depression is all about lack of “consumer confidence” (we really do have money we just don’t want to spend it so it is all our fault) when what is really going on is people are broke and jobless; fat people shouting poor aren’t really poor if they are so fat when what is really going on is poor food choices born of destitute desperation; the drug companies really do care about you when what is really going on is that Big Pharma feels pretty darn good now that they managed to convince Washington that they too need bailing out via the proposed health plans which leads me to the worst of the wool-pulling-over-eager-to-believe-eyes, false titling of legislation designed to garner yes votes from people who would really vote NO if they just worked at bit at understanding what they are voting/voted for.

been saving up that rant all week, thanks for giving me a perfect platform to launch it from.

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