DRUG$

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Synopsis

A story that unpacks the mystery of modern medicine’s skyrocketing price tag and how it affects the people struggling to stay alive.

Narrated by Academy Award® Winner J.K. Simmons, “DRUG$” is a feature-length documentary about the soaring price of medicines in the U.S., featuring interviews with academics, patients, advocates and political leaders, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings. In a titanic struggle against corporate greed, see how a diverse group of concerned Americans is fighting back to keep lifesaving medicines affordable for us all.

Runtime: 78 minutes

A story that unpacks the mystery of modern medicine’s skyrocketing price tag and how it affects the people struggling to stay alive.

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    BACKGROUND

    With prices as high as $1,000 per pill, many patients are now forced to choose between putting food on the table or purchasing medicine, while pharma companies pocket billions of dollars in profits.

    “DRUG$” breaks down the intricacies of the drug pricing system by incorporating interviews with patients, prominent policymakers and employees of major pharmaceutical and insurance companies, as well as highly respected doctors, scientists and economists.

    Due to misguided legislation, there are more stringent laws protecting drug patents than human lives. Drug companies use patents to perpetuate monopolies by making slight changes to existing drugs, a practice known as “evergreening,” which prevents competition and blocks the production of affordable generic drugs, ensuring perpetual price hikes on decades-old medicines.

    Big Pharma companies claim their earnings are poured into research and development which leads to further advancements, but this is FALSE. They buy taxpayer-funded research, then use billions of dollars in profits to aggressively market their products directly to consumers and to reward their CEOs with multimillion-dollar salaries and bonuses for appeasing stockholders—NOT for healing the sick.

    Unless the pharmaceutical industry undergoes radical reform, the entire healthcare system will inevitably collapse, leaving society overburdened and without access to quality medicine. The American public must wake up to this crisis and take action, before it’s too late.

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    About FOXHOUND

    Jonathan Marshall Thompson | DIRECTOR

      May 29, 2018     drugstheprice

    Jonathan Marshall Thompson is a director and the owner of Foxhound Productions. He makes films that are gritty, aggressive, and honest....

    Hilary Smith | PRODUCER

      May 29, 2018     drugstheprice

    Hilary Smith is a producer at Foxhound Productions. Her filmmaking philosophy consists of two components: fierce passion and a tireless work ethic....

    Andy Carney | EDITOR

      May 29, 2018     drugstheprice

    Andy Carney is an editor at Foxhound Productions. His approach to editing focuses on story, structure, and style — in that order....

    FOXHOUND

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    Foxhound Productions is a full-service Los Angeles-based production company specializing in original narrative and commercial content. They partner with the best in the business to develop and produce powerful cinematic visuals for diverse audiences. http://www.foxhoundproductlons.com...

    FOXHOUND

     

    Foxhound Productions is a full-service Los Angeles-based production company specializing in original narrative and commercial content. They partner with the best in the business to develop and produce powerful cinematic visuals for diverse audiences.

     

    http://www.foxhoundproductions.com

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