TV Documentary Funded by Doctor with Industry Ties


From STAT: A new documentary, “The Painful Truth,” chronicles the plight of several patients struggling to find treatment for their chronic pain, suggesting that physicians have been discouraged from prescribing opioids to patients who genuinely need them. The producer of the film has significant financial ties to the manufacturers of opioid medications, which is not disclosed in the documentary.

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  1. We’ve got an epidemic of death by opioids, and cocktails spiked with opioids. You don’t deal with such by ignoring it. This film maker doctor, despite his good intentions, has his hidden and vested financial ties to the drug companies. There are better treatments available today, something he disputes. One of those better treatments involves ceasing to use highly addictive dangerous opioids when you can use something else.

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