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FRONTLINE; Other Drug War, The


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Other Drug War, The
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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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The Other Drug War asks whether it is possible to balance Americans’ appetite for life-saving medical innovation with society’s need to provide affordable drugs for all. Produced by Jon Palfreman, whose recent FRONTLINE credits include “What’s Up with the Weather?” and “Harvest of Fear,” the documentary features interviews with legislators, scientists, consumers, and industry leaders, and examines how states like Maine and Oregon have moved to control escalating prescription drug costs in the face of strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. Given the current debate in Congress and the extensive press attention to this issue, the documentary is extremely timely, providing an in-depth look at the arguments over drug pricing in America.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Other Drug War, The,” 06/19/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A34F58CB1B484427BB826FEBFB86FF6E.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Other Drug War, The.” 06/19/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A34F58CB1B484427BB826FEBFB86FF6E>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Other Drug War, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A34F58CB1B484427BB826FEBFB86FF6E
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