Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Let's be clear, Silicon Valley is always making the world a better place.

Its own world, that is. Its own view of the world, too.

There's no existing system, thing or person that the Valley doesn't think it can improve.

Love, meet Tinder.

Human, meet robot.

Ferrari, meet Ferrari that takes the fun out of driving a Ferrari.

It's unsurprising, then, that drugs might be on the Valley's agenda.

One man who placed them on the agenda is Balaji Srinivasan. As Recode reports, he's a Valley entrepreneur who may be in line to head the Food and Drug Administration.

There's something charming about food and drugs being run by the same people, as if each, in their own way provides health and sustenance.

It seems that, in the past, Srinivasan has shown a keenness to improve the drug system.

Sadly, he allegedly deleted some of that evidence. Tweets, for example. Happily, there's a Google cache of these.

There, you'll see that he's not the FDA's biggest enthusiast. He does, though, have ideas about how drugs can be better administered.

In the meaning of, you know, government administration.

And one of the ideas is a Yelp for drugs.

Doctors would submit their ratings for drugs. (Sample: Boy, that OxyContin makes me feel like Keanu Reeves.) And patients would present their experiences. (Sample: OxyContin? I couldn't feel a thing. That was the idea, right?)

Might, though, this all fall into a pickle, as sometimes happens with Yelp? Would drug manufacturers be allowed to advertise on this YelperHelper?

Would they write condescending replies to one-star reviews? (Sample: You just don't understand what we're trying to do with this revolutionary turn-your-veins-any-color-you-like drug.")

And would one person's five-star rating be another's 2 and a half? Just because a drug makes you feel good, it doesn't mean that I will feel that good too.

What about experimental drugs? Would they be allowed into the system faster and everyone would then just wait for the reviews? (Sample: My headaches have completely gone away, but I'm a bit worried that I now have seven fingers and only three toes.)

Srinivasan also explained in another now-deleted tweet that large-scale regulation happens quite happily on many fine tech sites: "Uber, eBay, Airbnb all regulate massive international marketplaces with star ratings and bans of bad actors."

So are drugs really no different from restaurants, hotels, taxis and genuine signed original Air Jordans?

Or will a YelperHelper send us helter skelter into all sorts of problems that we'd never envisaged?

Me, I just try never going to the doctor if I can help it. But I'm loath to imagine the spectacle when all these drug ratings are online.

It's bad enough how neurotic people have become because of WebMD and the like.

Published on: Jan 17, 2017