U.S. to Make More Drugs Easily Available, Cutting Role Docs Play

I have a bad feeling about this…

From Bloomberg–

Americans may soon be able to get cholesterol-lowering medications and other widely used prescription drugs without seeing a doctor, a first step in
what could amount to sweeping changes to how patients access treatments for chronic conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration in a draft guideline on Tuesday outlined how such a status, which the agency said could help lower health-care costs,
would work. Patients could answer questions on a mobile-phone app to help determine whether they should be able to access a medication without a
prescription.

“Our hope is that the steps we’re taking to advance this new, more modern framework will contribute to lower costs for our health care system overall
and provide greater efficiency and empowerment for consumers by increasing the availability of certain products that would otherwise be available only by
prescription,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

QOTD

But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

–CS Lewis

Now, this is funny

Reddit to ban exactly half of the ‘ThanosDidNothingWrong’ community

However you felt about Thanos’ actions in Avengers: Infinity War, you’ve got to admit that the last few minutes (wherein half the universe disintegrated into ashes at the behest of the purple tyrant) were great. The ThanosDidNothingWrong subreddit (sporting over 630,000 members) served as a hub for people to crack jokes about the mad Titan and discuss how the villain was effectively in the right by indiscriminately wiping out half of all life. But after a campaign by the subreddit’s members to ban exactly half of all users, it looks like they finally got their wish.