When Shrek, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, first came out in 2001, the movie was viewed as a children’s film. Now that it has been 14 years since the movie was first released, there’s been plenty of time to dig deeper into what Shrek truly stands for: a humorous way of looking at romanticism in the Middle Ages. This movie is more of a parody of the genre of Middle Ages’ romance than anything else. Although Shrek is not anywhere close to being a near-perfect hero, which is usually what the stories of the Middle Ages’ genre has, the movie does have an evil enemy (Lord Farquod), a quest (saving Princess and bringing her back to Dulac), and supernatural elements.
Every so often a friend will make a post on Facebook about “Big Pharma”. I don’t think it’s as simple as “drug companies are the bad guys”. Modern drugs can improve the quality of life or even save lives. Are some drugs over-prescribed? Sure. But is that the fault of the drug companies or the doctors?
The drug companies spend money to get their products in front of the doctors. This may mean paying $15 for lunch while the sales rep talks to the doctor or it may mean paying several thousand as an “honorarium” (a payment given for professional services that are rendered nominally without charge). Could they be more vague? It could be legit, but it sure sounds sketchy.
How do you know if your doctor is recommending a drug because you genuinely need it and it is the best choice for your condition or if they are recommending it because that drug company has been especially generous to them?