Underreported: Human Guinea Pigs for Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On today’s Underreported, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher talk about the people who serve as human test subjects for medications being developed by pharmaceutical companies. They look at how those medications are being marketed, sold, and used throughout the United States after they’ve been approved. It’s the subject of their documentary, “Off Label,” which is being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri

Comments [2]

No name from NYC

Fact check: Pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from promoting off label uses of drugs. It was erroneously stated that pharma companies promote off label use. If so, they can (and have been) fined.

Apr. 19 2012 02:04 PM
Teresa from the Bronx

I volunteered for a double blind study in the 80's because I was denied Medicaid and had no health insurance.
It was the only way I could get the anti-anxiety and anti-depressent medicine that I truly needed to function normally. It was ironic that the anti-anxiety medication study itself often made me more anxious!

I never found out if I had actually received the drug in the end.

Apr. 19 2012 01:57 PM

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