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Purity Squad (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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3 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 47: Purity Squad  »

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The Food and Drug Administration
18 July 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One of MGM's short films made during the 30s and 40s was presented by TCM recently. These one reel movies were done, in part, to present new talent, or like in this one, to inform the public about a new drug. The emphasis of this short film is to show how the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that deals with the approval of medicine prescribed in the United States, works in dealing with careless individuals that try to do their own version of a drug being tasted to combat diabetes.

Diabulin, was being tested in the form of a pill to replace insulin shots. When people begin dying after taking the drug, brings the FDA into action. The problem is there are some unscrupulous individuals doing illegal things at the laboratory where the experimental drug is being tested on rabbits.

The film, which is done documentary style, was informative in warning audiences of the time how vigilant the agency was in getting bad medicine from ever reaching patients. As directed by Harold Kress, and based on the screen treatment by Charles Royal, the film served its purpose by alerting the American public of the dangers of taking the tainted product.


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