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Dangerous Prescription (#2204)

As medications play an ever-increasing role in modern health care, the importance of FDA approval to consumers, it would seem, has never been greater. For many consumers, the phrase "FDA approved" signifies that a drug or product is completely safe and without risk. But just how much does the average American know about the FDA approval process and what it can -- and cannot -- do? How good is the FDA's system for identifying drugs that don't work or cause harm? And what happens when a harmful product makes its way into consumers' hands? In "Dangerous Prescription," FRONTLINE investigates the FDA and drug safety. Featuring real-life cases of FDA-approved drugs that were taken off the market after injuring -- and in some cases, killing --consumers, the documentary examines the role 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 safety. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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