My Strange Obsession: Collecting Pharmaceutical (Pharma Company) Pens
I don't know exactly when I started collecting Pharmaceutical ("pharma" - or "Drug") pens, but it was sometime duing my college years. I think I first picked one up as a gift. Then I found one that lights up....I instantly became hooked! (They light up so that users can write in the dark, and use cool colors like neon blue, and orange). How cool is that? I thought, "I'll never write with a plain pen again".
I wanted to see what other drug rep pens were out there, so I searched eBay to see if anyone was selling "drug pens" -- (search with those two words and you'll find thousands of listings). I was ecstatic to see the wide variety available on eBay!
Pharma pens that light up orange, blue, or yellow. Pharma pens that don't look like pens at all, more like a stethoscope or an eye dropper. There are also many pharma collectibles that aren't pens at all.
One of my favorite items is my "Adderrall Brain Paperweight".
Did you know that people actually collect "Drug Pens" ?
My collection consists of quality not quantity. I am a pharma pen "snob", if you will. First I go for the look. The pen has to look attractive. I look for the bright colored pens and the solid heavy metal pens that light up. Those are the cream of the crop. But even if they don't light up, the heavy metal drug pens write a bit smoother with the additional weight, and on average look a little more "professional" then some of the plastic drug pens.
But, I also have some very cool plastic pharma pens as well. My plastic Wellbutrin is one of my favorite drug pens. Its also fun to look the drug up online and actually see what it does. You can learn a little bit about the medications that are out there by collecting these pharma pens.
The day congress voted to make drug pens (and all gifts to doctors) from drug reps illegal was a sad day (for me and I'm sure, the Pharmacuetical Reps)!
But, even today, there are still thousands of drug pens and accessories for sale on eBay. I'm headin back right now to see what I can stock up on, and I'm going into the office next week with the brightest, craziest pen I can find....
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~ Credits ~
- The "Drug Pen" Border pics used in this article were created by howlermunkey
- All pictures included in this hub were taken by howlermunkey
- At no time were any of the Drug Pens harmed in the making of this article