First Do No Harm




Side Effects
The Movie

When we first heard about Side Effects (the movie) we immediately called the local theaters to find out when it would be showing. It wasn’t.

So we contacted the people who produced it and got from them the name of a slightly local theater that was going to show it. We contacted them, and they said they’d send us an email alert when it was showing. We never got the email alert (and don’t know to this day if the movie showed there).

So, we went to the producers again, and the moment it came out on DVD, they sent us a review copy (along with the documentary Money Talks).

The movie was cute, funny, well done, hard hitting, and right on the mark. It stars Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy.

It is an independent film, and they proudly announce that the movie cost them a lot less to make than your average drug costs.

Being independent of Hollywood, most films never get the hype and commercial air time that our Hollywood blockbusters get. Hollywood duds get more commercial time than most independent films.

The screenplay was written by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau who had worked for the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years. The heart of the story is true; in other words, the movie is based upon a true story. The rest is just cute and fun and of course boy meets girl and nature takes its course.

Selling drugs is all about selling. It’s not about the safety or efficacy (a big word that drug salespeople are taught and encouraged to use, meaning effectiveness) of a drug, but about getting doctors to prescribe it. Selling drugs is all about profit.

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau's second film, released just after her first, is a documentary called Money Talks--Profits Before Patient Safety. The movie explores the influence of the drug industry on physicians, and what some physicians are doing to fight back and shrug off the influence in their practices. 

Money Talks takes us right to the heart of the drug industry, profits. Determining which drugs to produce is the first step in the profit machine. Though most of us would really like to see the drug companies working on drugs that cure deadly cancers and heart disease, the pharmaceutical industry prefers to focus on drugs for erectile dysfunction because that is where the real profits are. Drugs for pain relief are another heavy focus in the industry. You should note that it's much more profitable to relieve the pain of arthritis than to actually cure arthritis. 

And if you’re going to sell drugs, as you'll see in Side Effects, you’re going to want a pretty sales lady. Miss Florida became a drug salesperson; she had no experience; no knowledge of drugs; but she had the “look.” Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau's story is close to Miss Florida's story which is close to the story of nearly every person who ever pushed a pill in a doctor's office. Many salespeople leave the business with a sour taste in their mouths that brushing and flossing just can't relieve.

Side Effects is the kind of movie you want to watch and then share with your friends, and then watch again. You can purchase both the movie Side Effects and its companion documentary Money Talks together in a 2 DVD set. There is even a program you can purchase for your school or church which will allow you “legally” to present it to a large group (and even turn the event into a fund raiser).

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Enjoy the movie, and don’t forget the popcorn.





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