Monday, July 30, 2007

Boniva pen

Another mildly hideous pen, with that extra irritating foam grip to complete the effect. Boniva is a new medicine for osteoporosis, so maybe they are targeting the grandmother-aged demographic with this color/foam combo, but it certainly isn't going to be used as a bill board by me.

Namenda pen

Another one from Namenda, and pretty functional. I'm not a fan of pens with half the body used as a clicker mechanism though, because they have a tendency to open accidentally, leaving black streaks on my nice white coat.

ReoPro pen

This is front runner for the "tacky yet functional award." Seriously, wearing this much glitter hasn't been popular since the 80s. This is the kind of pen Cyndi Lauper would use to write her lyrics with, assuming she wrote any of them. Not a big fan of the color scheme. The pen itself though, is a run-of-the-mill Bic, with no cool features, but no aggravating ones either.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Maxipime kit

Another one I've never seen before. But it's got crayons, stickers and band-aids, which combination just oozes the bright cheer of a pediatrician's office. Very fun, though I admit I won't be getting much use out of crayons in my day-to-day practice.

Norvasc pen

As cheap pens go, this one is amazing. I love the feel, and the slim body doesn't take up too much space. Nothing special, writing wise, but it doesn't skip. I'm currently using it a lot.

Integrilin pen

This is an ok toy. It writes well, but like quite a few of the pens I've reviewed recently, it feels cheap and flimsy. Still, not bad, and certainly better than the Tekturna pen.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Janumet clipboard

Judging from the reps around here, Merck is pretty excited about Januvia and its sister combination drug, Janumet. A few weeks ago we had the Post-it note pen, and here's the latest I've seen, a clipboard. My complaint about this clipboard is that the writing surface is actually smaller than an 8.5x11 piece of paper, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Also, as with drug toy ID tags, I don't like carrying such blatant advertising around with me.

Arixtra pen

This is pretty nice pen in terms of writing quality, and the triangular feel is fun. But I'm not a fan of foam grips on pens, mostly because they are bulky and keep the pen from sliding in and out of a pocket easily. This one's going to be given away.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tekturna pen

Tekturna is a novel new antihypertensive. The biochemistry is interesting on its own, but trying to assist the hype is this pen, which is pretty solid, and writes decently well. Unfortunately, the clicker assembly on top is very cheap feeling, gets stuck easily, and threatens to break if used regularly. Sorry Novartis, I'm not spreading the message with this one in my pocket.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Rozerem linen spray

I guess Rozerem thinks this fits with their program because a linen spray is (I assume) intended to render the smell of your linens conducive to sleep. Now it is no secret to readers of this blog that I haven't been impressed with the scents chosen by other drug companies for their products, so on a positive note, this is the least outrageous smell yet. Mostly it smells like hairspray, with a hint of an unidentifiable floral derivative. Not a winner, but not ghastly.

Coreg CR pen

This is a nice, basic pen. It writes well, and while it's nothing special, at least there are no bells and whistles interfering with function. That means I'm much more likely to use it.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Januvia Pen

Merck is pulling out all the stops for this one. Their newest diabetes wonder drug, with a singular pen design I haven't seen before. There are Post-It notes right there in the handle. It isn't bad at writing either.


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