From the In Box:
“I was speaking with one of your brother priests in New York City today and he asked me to share some very important news that could affect you.
“Father’s doctor prescribed him Losartan for high blood pressure. When he visited the pharmacist today to refill the prescription, she told him that they had none available: ‘Father, it may be months before we get Losartan, please call your doctor right now for an alternative.’ She also told him that many ARBs are on back order at this time.
“According to WebMD, Losartan (Cozaar) belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Losartan and other ARB drugs block the effect of angiotensin II, a chemical that narrows blood vessels. By doing so, they help widen blood vessels to allow blood to flow more easily, which lowers blood pressure.
“If you are taking blood pressure medicine, you may want to check with your doctor or local pharmacist to see about supply availability.”
Well, I don’t take Losartan, but I have a question mark about the availability of another that I take for HBP, but – HEY! – because of the Keto diet, having now lost 60 pounds and the BP down, I may be able to just drop any BP meds altogether. Yay. But, let’s pray for those who are running out of meds because of the big pharmaceutical companies having so much of our meds manufactured in China.
Just a note on that China bit: as I’m told, these USA do all the research and development; China merely does the busy-work of manufacturing the meds. We can take that back in a nanosecond… and we are. I mean, that’s fair, right, after China threatened to cut us off? Yes, that’s totally right and just, dignum et iustum est. ;-)
We’re learning a lot from these Coronavirus exercises. And whatever your cynicism is about the Coronavirus (that will wear off, soon), the benefits are many regarding learning about our state of preparedness or lack thereof. In a fallen state, humanity is simply not capable of sustaining a perfect liberté, égalité, fraternité. I’m so happy to be an American.