D.C. Pharmacist for Congress Hints That Some May Have Alzheimers?
Pharmacist Mike Kim, who runs the pharmacy servicing members of Congress, listed Alzheimer’s medication among the medical issues he has written prescriptions for.
Kim was featured in a story, published by STAT on Wednesday morning, about his pharmacy’s relationship with Congress. In interviews he spoke candidly and on the record.
The pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.
Kim hinted at the fact that at least one member of Congress is struggling with Alzheimer’s, as some of the prescriptions he was filling were for treating the illness.
“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”
When the story broke, man noticed with concern the statements by Kim that suggested a member of Congress may have a disease that impedes cognitive function—no attempt at a pun here—and the pharmacist tried to set the record straight in a follow-up statement, saying his comments were made in a “hypothetical” sense.
I was speaking very broadly about disease states that the general American population have and that it also applies to everyone including members of the U.S. House and Senate since they are also people just like you and I. My pharmacy is in a very unique location on Capitol Hill and fortunate to have the opportunity to service the U.S. Capitol.
While it is quite certain that Kim’s original statements don’t specifically list any member of Congress, the context in which they were made indicates that he was certainly thinking of one or more of them, and that his attempt to clarify did nothing to take away from the potency of the original comments made. Is there a member of Congress—maybe more than one member—who has the debilitating brain disease? You be the judge.
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