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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
These medicine samples are the only ones I have for today. There used to be plenty of medical representatives in our clinic from mondays to wednesdays on regular days. But since today is Holy Tuesday maybe most of them are now in their own provinces vacationing.

It's good that I have 4 samples from the same drug company. Most of the time they just give one sample then they just remind me of their other products. Maybe because of the soaring prices of everything nowadays that even medicine samples start to dwindle. I remember an old family friend doctor telling me that during his time, they use to receive lots and lots of samples everyday that they do not need to buy medicines for their own use. Even antibiotics for adults are given in packages. How I wish that is still true till today.

I used to conduct free clinics every two months in my clinic (Clinica Cayanga) and I use these samples to give to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. I solicit them from several drug companies and they support me by giving boxes of these samples. I did this for about 3 years sometimes adding my own stock-sized medicines whenever I feel that there is not enough samples to give to growing number of patients who benefit from my project. My last free clinic was December last year. It was then that I decided to discontinue because of the very few samples that I was able to solicit. Maybe it was a sign for me to stop this project. I am hoping that I can find other ways to help these people who have very little means of providing their own needs.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:25 AM  
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