#9978 Taking a tour through the world of pharmaceuticals, this program reveals that drug advances have as much to do with serendipity as science—and that they frequently produce as many questions as solutions. Viewers learn about the shifting purposes behind some medicines—as in the case of Ritalin, which was designed to treat adult depression, and Viagra, the sexual benefits of which are actually a side effect. The film also asks why male contraceptives haven’t caught on, looks at the consequences of overprescribing antibiotics, and explores uncertainties surrounding Prozac and other SSRIs. Pill addiction is also a major topic. Original BBC broadcast title: Pill Poppers.
Running time: 52 minutes. ©2009
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