Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Drug rep swag

Since January 1, 2009 drug reps haven't been able to give us any of their goodies like pens, post-notes, calendars, or pretty much anything.

However, my colleagues in non-human medical fields are exempt. So veterinarians still get their bountiful, yet bizarre gifts. My colleague Webhill recently received this gem, which she kindly sent:





What the hell is that? A rubber cat? A hurkle? (no, wait, it has 4 legs, not 6) A Pokemon?



Nope. It's a flash drive.





Because, let's face it. Nothing could ever make your day like having someone ask, "Hey, doc, why do you have a blue cat's butt sticking out of your computer?"

30 comments:

jimbo26 said...

At least you don't need to feed it .

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

Do you keep a litter box below it?

Packer said...

I am guessing it was not made in Austin Texas. Should be on your Christmas Crap Gift List.

GPMommy said...

I collect interesting thumb drives - my favorite is one shaped like a coke bottle, but the way they did the cat on this one is strange. All said, it would be funny to see a blue cats rear and tail sticking out of a computer.

Liss1481 said...

Haha, I have one of those sitting on my desk right now ;o)

ames said...

How... artisanal???

Mari said...

Why do I secretly one? These are hilarious!

grumpy ER vet said...

Just like waking up i the morning with a cat's butt in your face.

Ami said...

It's a "cat ass trophy."

Anonymous said...

Damn, I went to the onsior presentation and all I got was a plain notepad and a blue pen with a cat-shaped end... where's my smurfcat flash drive?!

Alex Dreamz said...

I'm with Mari -- is it wrong that I totally want one?? But can it be a keychain, too?!

bobbie said...

The cat is going after the mouse...

a.generic doc said...

Hope the front end of the cat doesn't go after the back end of the fish flash drive my wife has in her computer! (She had to buy hers... not drug company swag!)

Moose said...

... plug-in pussy...

Anonymous said...

Once we had a kid in our practice say that a medication he had been given tasted like "cat butt". Our question was "and how do you know this?"

Guess what? Cat butt!

arzt4empfaenger said...

Hah! I have a whole headless anesthetist (or other doc in scrubs) sticking out from my computer! Wasn't a gift from A pharma rep, though, but a locum agency. I'm slightly jealous of the craziness on the vet sector.

clairesmum said...

moose, you made me almost loose my beverage!

the correct reply to your comment, of course, is 'plug it into what??" if you remember the Fotomat commercials from the early 1980s.

Anonymous said...

I want one! Really, I do!

Anonymous said...

Having just spent an evening taking apart my keyboard to remove all the fur that had worked its way under the keys, the last thing I want is more cat in my computer.

Jenn said...

Ok, now I know what kind of fun swag I can beg for from the Novartis rep. What vet doesn't want kitty bum-shaped usb drives?

Jenn said...

I agree, we in the vet field have some odd swag. I've seen everything from keychains to stuffed replicas of fleas, fake vomit and a fake 'pound of fat', tick twisters,and butt-shaped usb drives. However, the most unusual items tend to be the most popular - we have twisted senses of humour on the vet side.

Anonymous said...

Ya gotta love the large model of a dog heart riddled with heart worms crawling out of it, at my vet's office. No doubt it came from a drug rep. Totally revoltingly macabre. Fortuately, she removed it. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words.

bobbie said...

Moose ~ you can durn well pay for a new keyboard for me, as you made me spit coffee on mine!!

Sarah Glenn said...

Beats the heck out of Mr. Colon, which was a model of... you guessed it.

Bruce H. said...

The first I ever saw in this genre is still my favorite.

http://www.engadget.com/2006/06/18/usb-teddy-bear-holds-data-scares-children/

Ms. Donna said...

MOOSE! You get the award for Best In Show Comment.

Being owned by two cats, I can tell you that "butt in face" is a sign of endearment and fur everywhere is just the cost (the cats say) of having so much goodness in the house.

However, both would be upset if a SmurfCat butt was hanging out of my computer!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I want one.

Anonymous said...

I wish I were a vet...I want one!

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Novartis reps came by to flog Onsior and all I got was a glossy brochure. I'm definitely holding out for some smurfy kitty swag next time.

Anonymous said...

Man, we ordered a butt load (pardon the pun) of that new medication at our clinic and we didn't get that cool cat!
- Dr. Happyvet

 
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