Serpentine Saturday

Should I be worried that the manufacturer of one of my prescriptions is on an FDA recall list for the same drug, but in a different dose? Our new pharmacy filled our prescriptions for the first time and one of the meds I take has been in the news over a recall for high levels of NDMA, which is supposed to be a cancer-causing agent in people. Our new pharmacy dispenses the drug, a generic, from a different manufacturer than our previous pharmacy.

In 2018, this drug was the third most-prescribed in the US with an estimated 83.8 million prescriptions. Some people have 12 scripts per year and others only have 4 so the actual number of people on the drug is not easy to estimate, but obviously it’s in the millions.

We really are at the mercy of many people and companies who are unknown to us. How many of you have heard of Apotex Pharmaceuticals, the company at the center of this recall? (They are not the manufacturer of my prescription.) How many of you check the name of the manufacturer of your prescriptions?


From this Corvette Blogger piece comes the news that a lawsuit against General Motors over cracked wheels on C7 Corvette Z06s and Grand Sports has been dismissed. Of course, I own a C7 Z06.

Since becoming aware of this lawsuit I have been extra careful in trying to avoid manhole covers, of which there seem to be many in Arizona, and in slowing down while crossing over railroad tracks. Of course, the wheels of my Z06 are the one design feature of which I am not completely enamored. I really like the split five-spoke design of my wonderful wife’s 2018 Z51 convertible:



I don’t want to have to spend the thousands of dollars it would take to replace my wheels, at least not now, but if my wheels were to crack I would probably not replace them with factory wheels, anyway. In case you need to refresh your memory:



I don’t dislike those wheels, but I prefer a simpler design. You know, less is more.


Here is a picture I took just a couple of minutes ago. It would be better if it weren’t for the fact that I took it on the “wrong” side of the screen of my office window:



On one level, the distortion caused by the screen adds an interesting perspective. On another level, what I just wrote is full of sh*t. It is interesting to me that for the camera the screen is more prominent than it was for me.








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