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Phake Pharma

16 September, 2015

SOMA is not the only fictional drug, the hallucinogen keeping all the citizens blissful in Brave New World. Not by a long intravenous shot. 

Below is a mind-blowing dozen drugs from various fictional sources, all of which warrant caring manipulation and apothecarial skillz.

No call for defintions this week - just some classy wordplay. Who can smuggle the made-up medicine best? Happy tripping.

ALPRAZINE (Law & Order)

BITTAMUCIN (Battlestar Galactica)



DYLAR (White Noise)

HIBERNOL (Saturday Night Live)

KALOCIN (Andromeda Strain)

NAPPIEN (Simpsons)

NOVRIL (Misery)


RYETALYN (Star Trek)

TURBOLAX (Dumb &  Dumber)

Can you inject some guile into any phial?

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