Dr. Mike Kim, owner of Grubbs Pharmacy on Capitol Hill revealed that they routinely deliver medications for serious conditions, including Alzheimer's, STAT reported. Kim expressed concern that some lawmakers may not be fit to fulfill their duties, due to the severity of their illnesses.
“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… 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.” -Dr. Mike Kim
Grubbs Pharmacy fills and delivers an average of 100 prescriptions a day to a secretive physicians office. Lawmakers pay $600 annually to be treated at the for the convenient location.
After news of the interview broke out several people criticized Kim, calling his candidness a breach of confidentiality.
Kim responded in a follow up statement, suggesting that his remarks were strictly hypothetical.
“I am not aware of any member that actually has Alzheimer’s and would certainly not disclose any such information if I did know… patient privacy is a very serious matter that I am committed to upholding… 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” -Dr. Mike Kim
We may never know who in Congress is being treated for the disease, but Nancy Pelosi immediately comes to mind, as a possibility. She often loses her train of thought, isn't clear on facts and misinterprets things when spoken to.
Hypothetical or not, the fact of the matter is that somebody is receiving the Alzheimer's medication. Whether it s Congress member or a staffer, it is definitely cause for concern. Those who play a role in national policy should be required to step down, should they be given such a diagnosis. How can we have faith in our lawmakers if they are not of sound mind.