Diarrax

Diarrax is a medical grade laxative that enjoyed a brief vogue in the mid-nineties United Kingdom, where it appeared on the scene just as the privatisation of the NHS really got going.

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Diarrax would not be noteworthy at all except for its tangential connection to one of the worst scandals in Scottish medical history: a symposium on euthanasia it sponsored for the Midlothian NHS Trust, at which the head of the trust, Stephen Lime, recruited one Dr Jeremy Ponsonby to serve as a provider of involuntary euthanasia to several patients in the Trust’s geriatric facility.

It is believed that the resulting bad publicity may have tainted the brand, as Diarrax is no longer in common use in NHS facilities.

Tranquilax

Tranquilax is a stimulant, a sedative and a laxative. Produced by the Tranquilax company of Orbiston Parva, England, it is colloquially known as “the three in one.” It is sold in tablet form, and advertised as the drug to take “when life’s not worth living.”

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However, after attracting criticism from the Reverend John Smallwood, vicar of Orbiston Parva, the stock value of Tranquilax plummeted. But once Smallwood was removed, and his criticism silenced, Tranquilax was renamed Triple Crown Unction, and with a new slogan(“Builds you up; Cleans you out”) it returned to its normal sales position.