Adverse reactions to prescription drugs kill and injure thousands of people each year. Many drugs on the market, even some of the most heavily advertised, are neither safe nor effective.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts
In "Dangerous Prescription," FRONTLINE® investigates the integrity of America's drug safety system. Through interviews with current and former FDA officials, critics, a pharmaceutical industry representative, and consumers, the one-hour documentary examines the FDA's handling of several drugs that were approved but later were pulled from the market after causing injuries and even deaths. The program also examines the role that drug companies play in the approval and monitoring of prescription drugs, and questions whether the FDA's current system is adequate for protecting the public.
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