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FRONTLINE; Prescriptions for Profit


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Prescriptions for Profit
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Reporter Joe Rosenbloom investigates abuses in the competitive marketing and promotion of prescription drugs by the pharmaceutical manufacturers. The program explores the dangers of hype and hard sell applied to widely prescribed arthritis medications and how the industry tries to influence the prescribing habits of doctors.

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Prescriptions for Profit,” 12/02/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_62C45A6BA94049B0A085BBFD72EA9B4F.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Prescriptions for Profit.” 12/02/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_62C45A6BA94049B0A085BBFD72EA9B4F>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Prescriptions for Profit. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_62C45A6BA94049B0A085BBFD72EA9B4F
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