Drugs aren't the only pharmaceutical blockbusters around. Pharma blockbusters are also coming out of Hollywood at quite a rate, with more films recently appearing to have a pharmaceutical theme. I've listed 5 of them here – in chronological order – and just for interest and entertainment. So get comfortable, have a look at the list, and see which ones you've seen.
The Fugitive (1993)
Dr. Richard Kimble's wife is murdered, which puts Kimble on a hunt to find the killer. He discovers that the killer worked for a pharmaceutical company that was developing an experimental drug called Provasic. In the past, Kimble had researched Provasic and found that it caused severe liver damage – something that would almost certainly block its path to FDA approval – and so he deduces that Provasic's developers wanted him removed from the picture.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Justin Quayle, a member of the British High Commission based in Africa, begins his own personal international investigation when his wife, Tessa, is murdered. On his journey, he uncovers the unscrupulous practices of a fictional pharmaceutical company that is testing a new TB drug – Dypraxa – on African refugees. Although Dypraxa appears to have deadly side effects, the company keeps the information quiet and continues to test the drugs in pursuit of developing new products.
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Jamie Randall becomes drug representative selling a male performance enhancement drug. Along the way, he falls in love with Maggie, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease. The film is set in the 1990s in Pittsburgh, and is based upon a book by Jamie Reidy entitled "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman".
Contagion focuses on the threat posed by a deadly viral pandemic that is spreading worldwide. In the film, fictional doctors at the CDC and WHO struggle to identify the virus and find a vaccine to control it.
Side Effects (2013)
After Emily Taylor becomes severely depressed and attempts suicide, her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, prescribes her an experimental drug called Ablixa. However, the apparent side effects of the drug lead to Emily stabbing her husband to death in a “sleepwalking” state, and Emily is consequently admitted to a mental institution. Dr. Banks is accused of medical negligence, but he denies responsibility and seeks to clear his name, uncovering a lot more along the way.
Have you already watched any of them? Have we missed any important off the list? Let us know your thoughts!