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Old     (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       06-17-2011, 8:38 AM Reply   
Just saw this last night. You can skip to 35:30 to get to the meat of the movie.

Synopsis (Just watched it once so this is as I remember it)...

- Doctor develops drug to treat cancer.
- The FDA pressures the Texas Medical board to go after him.
- Numerous times courts declare he is in compliance with the law.
- FDA pursues him for 20 years. Each time claiming the effectiveness of the drug is not an issue. And repeatedly preventing the effectiveness barred from the Jury.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) performs trials intentionally mistreating patients and reports trial was a failure.
- NCI then pursues and obtains Govt owned patents for the same drugs.
- Michael A. Friedman, who was responsible for mistreating patients at the NCI later becomes the FDA Lead Deputy Commissioner.
- FDA attempts to imprison Dr even while allowing him to perform trials on the drug. Jurists who acquitted Dr attend protests in DC to protest acts of the FDA.

Other interesting info about the FDA comes out in the movie related to how the major pharmaceutical companies essentially have the FDA on their payroll. Maybe there is another side to this movie. And I'd sure like to hear it. But it's pretty damning.


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