The Crime of the Century: Pharma and the US Opioid Crisis
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It was both shocking and disappointing to have learned about the main cause of the American opioid crisis and the slap-on-the-wrist penalty on the perpetrator, Purdue Pharma, through viewing the documentary “The Crime of the Century: Pharma ad the US Opioid Crisis“, available at HBO and also partly published in the YouTube just six days ago, below:
This documentary, The Crime of the Century: Pharma and the US Opioid Crisis, aired in two parts on May 10 and May 11, 2021, by HBO. This 231 minute documentary alerts the public to the possibility that the crisis was manufactured by the pharmaceutical company, and how the political operatives, government regulations and corporations enabled the opioid abuse.
In the video published on April 20, 2021, “The Crime of the Century (2021): Official Trailer | HBO“, below:
In the video published on May 12, 2021, “The Crime of the Century: Pharma and the US Opioid Crisis“, below:
Emmy and Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney joins Morning Joe to discuss ‘The Crime of the Century,’ the new two-part HBO documentary on the origins of the country’s opioid crisis, in the video published on May 12, 2021, “‘Crime of the Century’ Traces Origins Of The Opioid Epidemic | Morning Joe | MSNBC“, below:
For more about this in-depth documentary, please refer to excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Crime of the Century is an American two-part documentary film, directed, produced, and written by Alex Gibney. The film follows the opioid epidemic in the United States, and the political operatives, government regulations and corporations that enable the abuse of opioids.
The film follows the Opioid epidemic in the United States, the political operatives, government regulations, and corporations that enable the abuse of opioids.
Part one of the documentary focuses on Purdue Pharma, who worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration to get Oxycotin approved for wider use. Government regulations tried to mitigate wrongdoing, leading Pharma and other distributors would settle cases, keeping details private. Patrick Radden Keefe, Andrew Kolodny, Mark Ross, Anne Lembke, Lynn Webster, Roy Bosley, Barry Meier, Art Van Zee, Paul Pelletier and Giles Sartin appear in part one.
Part two of the documentary follows the mass marketing of Fentanyl. While the opioid crisis was killing over 40 people per day, Insys Therapeutics began to bribe doctors to overprescribe the drug, and a complex scheme to defraud insurance companies with fraudulent marketing tactics, and lawmakers who turned a blind eye to the crisis. Joe Rannazzisi, Jonathan Novak, Sari Horowitz, Scott Higham, Lenny Bernstein, David Lazarus, Nathaniel Yeager, Fred Wyshak, Ed Byrne, Will Kimbell, Alec Burkaloff, Sunrise Lee and Caleb Lainer appear in part two.
The Crime of the Century received positive reviews from critics. It holds a 93% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews. On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 84 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Pushing opioids. Bribing doctors. Making millions. FRONTLINE and the Financial Times investigate how Insys Therapeutics profited from a fentanyl-based painkiller up to 100 times stronger than morphine — and how some Wall Street investors looked the other way, in the video published on June 18, 2020, “Opioids, Inc. (full film) | FRONTLINE“, below:
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