Television commercials for pharmaceutical products — drugs — fascinate me. Usually they do little to explain what the drug really does, but they certainly make it sound as if everyone should be taking it on a regular basis. All narrators are sure to say, “Ask your doctor if you should take [insert market-tested brand name].”
Also interesting to me are the lists of side effects that accompany any ad for drugs. Over the weekend, I heard a strange warning during a commercial for a drug I had never heard of before, Synvisc. The commercial (and the website) warn: “Before trying SYNVISC, tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds — such as feathers, eggs, or poultry…”
Now why would this be an issue? I can only conclude that Synvisc (or SYNVISC) is made from birds. It is an injected drug, so my assumption can only be that in order to alleviate arthritis, Genzyme, the makers of this drug, have perfected a concoction of liquid birds. I’m thinking the combination might consist of sandpipers, swallows, cardinals, and goldfinches.