Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph. Hosts Washington Set, Secret Service, and Hillary

Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph. Hosts Washington Set, Secret Service, and Hillary

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Dave Morgan didn't know exactly what he was getting into one Saturday last month when he agreed to play host two days later to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and friends at his Home Pharmacy in Boston.

It began when Morgan got a phone call from a local councilman about a possible visit, which led to talks with some of Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff. Then he met with "a whole bunch of people from the Secret Service and the White House" who vetted him as a suitable commoner to give Clinton some grass-roots input on the health-care reform package her task force hopes to unveil by the first week of May.

By Sunday, Morgan had passed muster with the feds, but his pharmacy was an unknown, potentially dangerous quantity. Bomb dogs were brought in to sweep the premises with their supersensitive noses. For an hour and a half, the canine sleuths sniffed out every nook and cranny in the pharmacy. They didn't find a bomb--maybe a crazed dust bunny lurking here or there--but definitely not a bomb.

On Monday, as Clinton hopped on a commercial flight to Boston, police barricaded Morgan's street and a flatbed trailer was parked in front of the pharmacy to give photographers a good angle on her arrival. Inside the store, which was closed to the public, television crews set up their cameras while the pharmacy employees were herded into a corner and told not to move or speak.

An "excited" Morgan came armed with a checklist of points to make with Clinton. Then White House types informed him some things were taboo in front of the TV cameras. …

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