Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I prefer a little sugar on my crow

Last Thursday (June 11) I paid a visit to The Deal Divas' blog on tampabay.com because writer Stephanie Hayes covered the recent cosmetic prescription to hit the scene. It's being promoted by Brooke Shields. The claim is that this product will help eyelashes grow thicker. Latisse is the brand name. The blog post is short and provides links for information about the product. No, I didn't click and read. That, apparently, was my first mistake.

My second mistake was voicing my opinion on money wasted for cosmetic reasons without having done research first. I didn't realize that research was required to comment on a blog about fashion. I assumed the information I needed was contained within the content of the original blog item. I blindly jumped up on my soapbox. I should know better, but I was irritated for whatever reason ... probably from being bombarded with Enzyte commercials that day.

Today I returned to see what the Divas were offering up and I discovered that I struck a nerve with some of their readers with my thoughtless and unresearched comment. Clearly, I was out of line because three comments were directed at my remark. Most of the comments that followed mine were polite with information that the drug wasn't originally designed for eyelash growth but for glaucoma relief. The final comment directed at me was made by a woman (I assume she's a woman as I can't do research) who goes by the name Mrs. Mike. To you I say, "your comment wasn't only rude, but gives overkill new meaning." There are a number of things I'd like to say but it's probably best I just eat crow and learn from the lesson that homework is a never ending process in life.

With the knowledge that Latisse was not intended as a cosmetic prescription -- developed by Allergan -- I wonder what other over the counter items or prescription drugs were developed with an entirely different remedy in mind.

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?


  1. Yikes, it appears I missed a bit of drama on the Deal Divas blog! But, on the same topic- many post open heart surgery babies are given Viagra to aid in their recovery- that certainly qualifies as a med designed with a completely different purpose in mind!

  2. Sildenafil was originally developed for the treatment of angina. When, during its clinical trials, a large percentage of male test subjects reported "trouser-tenting" as an adverse reaction, the savvy marketing folks at Pfizer hastily re-wrote the drug's marketing literature, and voila! "Viva Viagra."


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