- Investigation, Social Issues, Foreign Worlds, and Science
Part Two of two one-hours. Part One is For Export Only: Pesticides
"If you ever wanted to know how human beings behave in the absence of rules, in an open unregulated market, these films provide the answer."—Washington Post
Documents U.S. and western European medicines exported to developing nations with minimal, misleading or non-existent information about indications, contra-indications, side effects or warnings.
Only one manufacturer agreed to be interviewed for this report. It then tried to bribe the producer $1 million to not distribute it.
"Of value and interest. It will present another face of the pharmaceutical industry, contrasting greatly with the one ordinarily presented to students and practitioners of medicine and pharmacy in the U.S."
—Journal of Pharmacy Teaching
Products are banned or restricted because they cause blindness, liver disorders, central nervous system diseases, childhood permanent sex changes; adult sterility and death; lab test animal birth defects.
- Show treatment
Specific products and manufacturers are named as the film documents their use and abuse in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Kenya, Japan, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Today’s brand names may be changed, but the practices documented have not.
"More of a piece of investigative journalism than any other program honored. And what made it special was that it was produced not by a major station or network, but by Robert Richter, an independent producer. He beat the networks, with all their money, at their own game."
—New York Times report on DuPont Columbia Award (TV’s Pulitzer Prize)
- Running time
- 57 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer, Reporter
- Chantal Bernheim ... Associate Producer
- Jackie Leopold ... Associate Producer
- Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Kenya, Japan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Switzerland, USA.
- Release year
- American Film Festival, International Consumer Film Competition
- American Assn for Advancement of Science - Distinguished Science Reporting Award; DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award (TV's Pulitzer Prize)
- One of world's largest corporation called Producer "most dangerous media producer" in America.
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- English Subtitles
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