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Purity Squad (1945)

 -  Crime | Short  -  3 November 1945 (USA)
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This entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to ensure that drugs are fully tested before they are sold to consumers. Two ... See full summary »

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This entry in the Crime Does Not Pay series focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to ensure that drugs are fully tested before they are sold to consumers. Two unscrupulous investors market the drug 'Diabulin' as a substitute for insulin after preliminary tests show good results. After a short time, however, users start dying from the drug. The FDA and the state attorney general's office then go after the drug marketers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Short

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3 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 47: Purity Squad  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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24 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of the Crime Does Not Pay series is about the work of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It begins with an announcement that a dangerous drug has been sold, Diabulin, and it should be destroyed immediately.

Following this introduction, the story of how such a harmful drug came to the market is explained through a flashback. A researcher has created Diabulin to treat diabetes. However, it's not been thoroughly tested and he is horrified to see that his bosses are planning on selling it anyway. And, their marketing campaign is even worse--with fake testimonials and a media blitz that make it SEEM like it is a miracle drug. But, it soon becomes obvious that the drug is dangerous--and the manufacturers couldn't care less and their number one concern is making money! This film was both very informative AND very entertaining--a difficult balancing act for a film. Well worth seeing, it's unusual for the Crime Does Not Pay series--but a worthy installment nevertheless.


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