Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lefty stealthily rewrites history

Gamer, lawyer and serial litigation-threatener Jeremy Sear earlier today had a big whine about the manufacturer of Sudafed changing the formulation, substituting the less-potent phenylephedrine for pseudoephedrine while leaving the product name the same. So what did Jeremy do when he discovered that phenylephedrine and pseudoephedrine products have distinct names? Rather than admit his error he went back and edited his post to make it appear that he was aware of the distinction all along. (The cache - while it lasts – of Jeremy's original post is here and the update here.)

This is indicative of the Left's unwillingness to own up to errors no matter how small. Also, pseudoephedrine products are still available but now require a prescription, this prescription requirement arising because chemists – in Western Australia, anyway – were unwilling to stock pseudoephedrine products on open shelves because doing so made them a burglary target.


Spoke with a chemist today who insists that traditional Sudafed is available Australia-wide in small quantities without a prescription. He suggested that there is no point in buying expensive combination products (sold as cold tablets) because pseudoephedrine is the only active ingredient that actually works. Anyone experiencing insomnia as a result of taking Sudafed can buy an anti-histamine such as phenergan to help them sleep. The anti-histamine will also help dry up a runny nose if that's a problem.

So it looks like Jeremy's big Suda-sad was over nothing. Typical.



Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Quoth Jeremy:
Don’t you just love it when a short-sighted bit of American WAR ON DRUGS policy is obediently adopted here in Australia

What a bizarre, Anti-American rant!

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Distinct names? The only difference is "PE" after it, which isn't distinct and which given neither starts with PE and they start with Pseudo and Phenyl could be either.

Psuedoephedrine products in Victoria are available, but they limit you to six tablets per pack at last check. Which is three days dosage.

I know it's been two whole days since your last Sear post, but this one is a massive stretch.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen to st-st-stammering, jittery, disconnected-thoughts-running-into-each-other Jeremy on those podcasts he does.

How much Sudafed is Jeremy eating these days? He's all hopped up on Goof Balls.

6:15 AM  
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6:42 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

Alot of the cold and flu products can still be bought with the original pseudoephedrine formula, eg Codral come in Original or New Formula variants. I don't think you need a doctors perscription, but you do need to sign a form.

The point is you can still get it. Perhap Jeremy was miffed because he was unaware of this.

What really really pisses me off is that I can no longer buy my Coca Cola with cocaine in it any more, yet they still have the nerve to call their product "Coke". The deception continued when they introduced Coke Classic sans any actual coke.

How evil do Americans have to get before the world does something about them?

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremy's drug problem is that he's not able to discuss them rationally and honestly.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Dan Fan said...

It was Jeremy, in the Drawing Room, with the google cache.

Another earth-shattering case solved. Well done, Sherlock Becky.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Floods? Bushfires? Fuck that. Why talk about them when you can chronicle the minor mistakes of Jeremy Sear.

You must have the best life, Becky.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...


While I for one will miss Sodium Benzoate in my cola of choice, they haven't put cocaine in the drink for about 107 years.

Just how old are you?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant wait for Jeremy to take on Big Pharma. He just needs a good lawyer.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ Sear is a fucking moron.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just noticed this warning on my Sudafed packet - "Caution: may cause cat photography, impotent legal threats, high-pitched screeching, hypocrisy, general inaccuracy and hobbit marriage."

2:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hobbit marriage ... that is a good one.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever read a Jeremy Sear post? It’s all very self indulgent and over-descriptive “prose” – hardly “digestible for the wider community”. Sear writes likes he’s trying to prove he’s a ‘senior writer’ who can use big words, long sentences and punctuation. He’s self absorbed, lacks any real substance and as boring as all hell.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous old retired chemist said...

The PSA (Pharmacy Society of Australia) and the TGA (the Australian government's Therapeutic Goods Administration) would both be able to answer Jeremy Sear's concerns about the rescheduling of products containing pseudoephedrine (from S2 to S3) and the PSA's specific code of practice around the supply of S3 ("pharmacist only") amounts of product containing pseudoephedrine.

I also note that one of his friends complains about pharmacists acting as "gatekeepers" as regards the supply of codeine-containing OTC products. In a word, when it comes to S3 medications, pharmacists are indeed the legal gatekeepers. They can lose their registration and/or be taken to court if they don't supply S3 products responsibly and according to law.

If the Jeremy's of Australia don't like Australian law, they need to lobby their government to change it - not take it out on the professionals who are bound by it and are simply trying to do their jobs.

Yes, one can still get products containing Jeremy and friends' "drugs of choice" such as pseudoephedrine and codeine over the counter in Australia, but the chemist is bound by law to take all reasonable steps to dispense these drugs responsibly and for genuine therapeutic need only. If Jeremy and his friends would like more of these drugs than their chemists are willing to risk their registrations dispensing on an S3 basis, they can always see their doctors and get scripts for larger quantities. Then it's the doctors they'll sue if something goes wrong.

In closing I would like to add that research does not bear out Jeremy Sear's claim that the TGA bases its decisions on "a short-sighted bit of American WAR ON DRUGS policy [...] obediently adopted here in Australia". Australia certainly had and still has its own problems of addiction and diversion of community pharmacy supplies into the illegal drug trade.

If the Australian TGA based all its decisions on "a short-sighted bit of American WAR ON DRUGS policy [...] obediently adopted here in Australia" his friend Kerri wouldn't be allowed her codeine at all without a doctor's prescription, for example. Australia tries to walk a fine line between protecting the community and meeting their genuine therapeutic needs. I for one think we do a far better job of it than America and he sells his own country short in his rush to judgment.

3:49 PM  

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