AIR: A Bitter Pill

AIR, the new weekly series chronicling groundbreaking journalistic investigations, is produced by Thirteen/WNET in New York in association with CIR. "A Bitter Pill," begins airing Friday, September 8 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

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Every prescription medicine you take is tested on humans before it's approved for sale and use by the FDA. But if you assumed those tests are always done smartly, safely and ethically under the watchful eye of expert regulators, you would be very wrong.

That's what a team of investigative reporters from Bloomberg Markets magazine discovered in a yearlong investigation culminating in a devastating, award-winning report called "Big Pharma's Shameful Secret." The magazine shared with readers the closely-held secret that "across the U.S., the centers that do the testing -- and the regulators who watch them -- allow scores of people to be injured or killed."

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