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Pill Poppers [electronic resource]: Miracles, Mysteries, and Misfires of Prescription Drugs

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
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 over-prescribing antibiotics, and explores uncertainties surrounding Prozac and other SSRIs. Pill addiction is also a major topic.
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52 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 04, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Miracles, Mysteries, and Misfires of Prescription Drugs
  • Drug Discovery (1:39)
  • Relationships with Medicine (1:49)
  • Automated Drug Testing Lab (2:19)
  • Useful Drug Compound (1:05)
  • Drug for ADHD (2:46)
  • Discovery of Ritalin (2:14)
  • Ritalin Experiments with Students (2:04)
  • Cognitive Enhancers (1:54)
  • Drug for Erectile Dysfunction (3:25)
  • Viagra: Treatment for Male Sexual Dysfunction (2:35)
  • Pills and Sex: Lucrative Combination (1:41)
  • Male Contraceptive (3:20)
  • Drugs for Depression: SSRIs (2:08)
  • Downside of SSRIs (1:17)
  • Drug Risks (2:11)
  • Addiction to Painkillers (2:44)
  • Drug Addiction and Withdrawal (3:07)
  • Perfect Pill? (1:08)
  • Importance of Antibiotics (3:03)
  • Good and Bad Bacteria (1:57)
  • Pill Proliferation (2:14)
  • Freedom to Choose Death: Voluntary Euthanasia (2:42)
  • Pills for Health and for Death (1:43)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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41707 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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