Monday, March 2, 2009

Aukje de Vries' Diary Day 43

Today is the birthday of a former colleague. I give her a ring. She does not feel well today, but generally speaking, she is okay. She has heart problems, so I am glad to know that these don’t bother her too much. She tells me about the instructions she receives with her medication. No less than 15 pages of text outline what the effects could be if they are taken in combination with other medicines. Who in the world reads all that? Is that suitable information for patients or is it only meant to exculpate the producer of medicines?

In the evening there is a meeting organised by the Association of University Women.

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has been invited to speak about the coming elections. She is very enthusiastic about her work. The European Parliament is at present very concerned about the economic crisis and is in favour of better European supervision of the financial markets, but is against protectionism. She also speaks about climate change. She is on the Commission on Women’s Rights and Equal Treatment and is glad that this is still an issue in European politics. In the Dutch Parliament is has disappeared from the agenda.

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