In 1999, after losing his son in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, a small-town pharmacist — Dan Schneider — beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son’s killer to justice. But months later, the ripple effects of his son’s addiction and tragic death would find him again when a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting Dan’s pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: Save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community. Then take the fight to Big Pharma itself. This is the official description on RottenTomatoes.com Image source: Netflix.com
Episode 1: Justice for Danny; When his son is murdered, Dan launches a search for his killer.
Episode 2: The Mission from God; Dan makes an alarming discovery.
Episode 3: Dope Dealers with Lab Coats; Dan’s investigation reveals Big Pharma’s worst sins.
Episode 4: Tunnel of Hope; Dan’s evidence is a major breakthrough for the DEA case.
Image source of movie poster: RottenTomatoes.com
Interviews and cast include:
- Dan Schnieder -Pharmacist, Whistleblower
- Jenner Furst -Director
- Julia Willoughby Nason -Director
- Michael Gasparro – Executive Producer
Docuseries reviews of The Pharmacist
“Every episode sees multiple people interviewed and whether it be Dan’s son’s killer or Big Pharma bosses, there’s a conscious effort to try and make this as fair and comprehensive a study as possible. The series absolutely shines because of this and juxtaposed against this larger-than-life story is one ordinary guy with a big heart and a drive to expose the truth. It’s an extraordinary tale and one that begins relatively straight forwardly before spiraling into something far more shocking and wide-spread.” – The Review Geek, Greg Wheeler
“As we already know, the opioid crisis is born from greed; an epidemic spurred on by Big Pharma and doctors at the expense of the less wealthy, bestowed by a simple pill. The Pharmacist puts the viewers into a bubble, into Dan’s world rather than swimming at the surfaces with the gluttonous executives.” – Ready Steady Cut, Dan Hart
Review by Rachel Avalon
The Pharmacist follows the stranger-than-fiction journey of Dan Schneider. A grieving father on a mission against all odds, he seeks justice for the murder of his son, medical and corporate accountability and attempts to save lives from the opioid crisis. Riveting in its intimate portrayal as well as its broader warning of addiction and greed, this Netflix docuseries will have you cheering on Schneider as he takes on Big Pharma.
Watch the documentary trailer here.
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