I guess I've been around long enough to remember when the same drug reps used to drop in at least once a month. Some years ago I even remember the Tylenol (!) guy dropping in regularly with a satchel full of samples for us (ah, those were the days....) not to mention other stuff, edible and otherwise. Some of these drug reps were real characters. A visit from them broke up the tedium of the day.
What I miss more is the information these hardy veterans could provide. They knew their products inside and out. Especially the devices like the inhalers, sprays, patches, self-injecting devices, test kits, etc. They could give you really practical information to show the customers and help them trouble-shoot problems. And if they couldn't answer a question they would actually make an attempt to get back to you. Don't get me wrong, I know their main goal was to sell stuff, but some of them actually seemed like they wanted to help.
We don't see too many drup reps these days. I guess it's kind of a dying profession, since (a) their access is being cut off, and (b) the companies they work for aren't really coming out with anything 'new' anymore. We saw one a few weeks ago who promised to get back to us on a question we had, and never did. I e-mailed the address on the business card --- no response. That just kind of bugs me. You don't know who to call anymore and if you leave a message no one returns it. They'll throw a bunch of coupons at you for some hideously expensive product, and pump you for information about your doctors' prescribing habits, but they don't seem to know much about their products in any sort of practical sense.
Anyway, I'll keep trying to find out why the package says not to use your Ventolin HFA inhaler for longer than 6 months after taking it out of the pouch. Or whether you can use the 4mg Imitrex injection cartridges with the same auto-injector device as the 6mg. Or how I can replace my broken Diskus demonstrator so I can attempt to show people how to use their Advair and Serevent.
Just feeling nostalgic today.....