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Certain Adverse Events

Certain Adverse Events

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Documentary (2009) 53 minutes ~ Color


Dangerous antibiotics, fluoroquinolones, have been destroying the lives of healthy people. For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration turned a blind eye to this tragedy. Washington, D.C. consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, successfully sued the FDA, in 2008, forcing stronger warnings on name brands like Cipro and Levaquin. How can 5 pills change one's life forever? Along with compelling insights from the titans at Public Citizen, 'Certain Adverse Events' emphasizes the human toll to the epidemic while showing little known aspects of the American prescription drug trade. Heartfelt interviews, like the ones from veteran United Airlines pilot, Greg Downs, a 'quinolone' victim, and from his close friend, 9/11 widow, Ellen Saracini, illustrate how these drugs 'can destroy a life for years and years.'

Director: Nancy Edwards

Writer: Nancy Edwards

Stars: Chad Bonsack




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