The new RTI challenge to BD is documented in a 122-page complaint that reads like a grand jury indictment. The website is divided into the following. As a result the Act was unanimously passed by both Houses and signed into law by President Clinton. In the real-life story on which Puncture is based, Becton Dickinson and Company (BD) is the giant corporation that produces the needles. The film based on a true story exposes a world in which giant companies freely manipulate the authorities that are supposed to be protecting the public. BD’s success has been staggering, and success like this often arises from and results in some ugly truths. Their conflict comes to a head as Mike argues to take the case to trial and seek justice, while Paul protests there is no feasible way they can continue all the way financially.  The film was directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. Needle reuse still causes over 1.2 million deaths a year and over 20 million Hepatitis C infections in Africa and India. Puncture is a 99-minute drama based on the true story of a drug-addict lawyer who believed in a case when nobody else did. While the basic syringe and hypodermic needle design has been a fixture in medicine for a century, they are unsafe because they are unreliable, something the manufacturers do not discuss. , Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 51% of 41 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review, and the average rating was 5.6/10; the site consensus reads: "There's a compelling story at the heart of Puncture but viewers will have to pierce through the formulaic storytelling to find it. Japan was the only exception to this exclusivity, and the Japanese connection to BD’s success is a fascinating story of international intrigue molded by the cultures of east and west. Unfortunately, today—ten years after the passage of this historic legislation—the problem of needlestick accidents stemming from unreliable needles is still at epidemic proportions due to failures on the part of the agencies tasked with its enforcement. The prime focus of the movie “Puncture” is underlining issues, and a show of a relation of corruption with healthcare. The director dedicated the film to the real life attorney Michael David Weiss who died in 1999 of a drug overdose at age 32. We thank the producers of Puncture for stepping up to the plate and getting this issue aired at a time when many persons are attempting to fix an unhealthy, burgeoning healthcare system. The total domestic gross was $68,945. It was chosen as one of the spotlight films for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, premiering on April 21, 2011 in New York City. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero.  "As a result, thousands of hospitals throughout the United States now use safety needles. Indeed, with absolutely no “Hollywood” experience, I just executive produced a movie called Puncture starring Chris Evans (Captain America) which will be in select theatres shortly. There are safer needles being used through most of the world, but due to a combination of poor OSHA oversight, GPO kickbacks and a "profits over people" attitute, they are NOT being made available to nurses in the United States, and a huge number of healthcare workers and patients are paying the price. And, therefore, many of the technologies that cause much suffering to nurses and laboratory workers have not been fully exposed to the public. Certainly, those companies lucky enough to be a part of Big Med employed what some politicians refer to as “the engine of our American way of life” to gain access to the capital that fueled expansion, growth, and large incomes for the growing teams of executives, lawyers, inventors, and advertising agencies involved. Puncture’s depiction points to corporate behavior so egregious that BD has garnered the right to be called “The Enron of Medicine”. According to the film Puncture, which is based on a true story, Big Med is led by a few giant corporations that control the lucrative manufacture and marketing of needles in America and around the world, and the leaders of these powerful monopolies will stop at nothing to keep the profits rolling in regardless of who is harmed in the process.  The film promotes safe needle use worldwide. The Dept. The background of the lawsuit(s) centers around a small mechanism RTI built into the vacuum based needle or injection syringe that retracts after injection or blood collection, so the needle cannot cause a needlestick accident resulting in contamination. His personal struggles impede on his professional ambitions, as he misses many of the meetings and investment events, driving a wedge between him and Paul. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole. RTI’s stellar law firm would have turned down the case. " Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote, "Though conceptually intriguing, the mix of downward drug spiral with uphill struggle for good never really coalesces. In an effort to make the process easier—thus requiring less experience on the part of the operator—BD invented the vacuum-based blood-collection system in the 1970’s. "Puncture" is legal thriller loosely based on the true story of two struggling young lawyers, Michael Weiss (Chris Evans) and Paul Danziger (Mark Kassen), who were hired by an eccentric inventor/manufacturer to find out why he couldn't sell his remarkable, lifesaving safety syringe to U. S. hospitals.  It had a limited release on September 23, 2011, and played in five theaters. The movie's postscript tells the audience that in 2004, Attorney Lanier settled a lawsuit against one of the nation's largest medical supply manufacturer for over $150 million. Find Your Senators, 20 million Hepatitis C infections in Africa and India. “I don’t want you to show this product to my nurses…’cause they’ll want it, and they can’t have it.”—Hospital Administrator in Puncture. They decide to take on a case involving Vicky Rogers, a local ER nurse, who was pricked by a contaminated needle on the job and contracted AIDS. Hollywood’s portrayal of the corporate underworld—where the thirst for profits all too often outweighs the welfare of the innocent—has finally broached medicine’s dirty little secret: the design of medical needles presents a very real hazard to your health. OSHA is responsible for enforcing the Act and keeping it current in regards to new technologies that were expected but had not yet been invented at the time the historic legislation was drafted. This spurned Congress to become concerned that powerful medical device companies were providing defective products, so Senator Ted Kennedy sponsored legislation called the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act 2000. They found that these cartels, known as hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs), effectively blocked the introduction of all kinds of innovative medical products, not just syringes, costing the US healthcare system over $37 billion each year. He seeks sex therapy as a source of comfort and is consistently in the company of prostitutes. GPOs, still driven by supplier kickbacks, continue to control the purchasing of medical supplies in the U. S., endangering the health and safety of patients, and nurses and the financial health of our nation. – Rex Reed "Evan's is electrifying in the role… riveting onscreen" – Roger Ebert "A legal thriller will stick with viewers" – Chicago Tribune "Evan's is … Mike Weiss, the junkie attorney played by Chris Evans ( Captain America ), is introduced to Vicky Rogers (Vinessa Shaw), a nurse who gets … Puncture was co-written by Paul Danziger, a partner in the deceased lawyer’s law firm. In 1998, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on the problem of unsafe needles in an award-winning journalistic investigative series, “Epidemic Ravages Caregivers”. My story (the story behind the story that is) began in, of all places, shul. " Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times wrote, "Notable at least in part for its fumbled potential, this health-care-industry melodrama possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. Unsafe needles are still used throughout the country. Mike meets with Nathaniel Price and pledges he will personally find new clients and hospital employees affected by these unsafe needles across the country. Several years later, Mark Lanier settled the case on the courthouse steps for $150 million. This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It is estimated 1-3 million accidents occur annually in the U.S. alone. Dozens get HIV each year, and many thousands have contracted hepatitis and a score of other life-threatening diseases through the use of these tools. This is not the official site for the puncture movie, rather an unofficial site about the movie, the real people behind the characters, the legal case that is the subject of the movie and the important underlying issues that the movie touches on. ", "Syringe Manufacturer Settles Claim of Market Manipulation", "Millennium Lands U.S. Rights for 'Puncture, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Puncture_(film)&oldid=969194168, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Erinn Allison as Kim Danziger - Paul's pregnant wife, This page was last edited on 23 July 2020, at 22:58. This is a violation of both common sense and OSHA guidelines because of the danger of a needlestick to the healthcare worker, especially when performed on a squirming infant. Mike, Paul, and Dancort gain the support of Senator O'Reilly, not before she gives Mike an ultimatum: get clean. Chris Evans acting was brilliant and the film was also engaging. Despite the obvious benefits and cost-effectiveness of the syringe, the inventor was barred from even showing it to hospital purchasing agents.  On Evans' performance, Ebert writes, "Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage. BD’s Vacutainer® System became an overnight success, and Wall Street poured money into a host of vertically integrated blood collection and testing-related businesses to handle the growing demands of a large baby-boomer generation. Advances in healthcare prompted even more demand for blood tests, and those covered by healthcare insurance grew at an unprecedented rate, and huge profits have been made. Clearly, if RTI did not have the evidence today, it would be folly to again go after the same defendant for matters preciously settled in good faith. Mike meets a former employee of Thompson Needle Manufacturers and a friend of Vicky's, who implores him to continue the case on behalf of the lives affected by used needles, which spread AIDS and Hepatitis worldwide. "Puncture tells a suspenseful story responsibly, creating food for thought and leaving the audience both enlightened and entertained." Puncture (released under the title Injustice in the United Kingdom) is an independent feature film starring Chris Evans, directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. This was to be the new miracle product that, he hoped, would eliminate the millions of potentially-deadly needle-stick injuries that occur every year from needle reuse throughout the world. This manufacturer's video shows the sharp being released several times during a butterfly device draw. The momentum of the case seems to come to a standstill: Senator O'Reilly pulls out after United Medical Health Supplies lobbies for her re-election campaign and Paul, with a new baby at home, is not interested in pursuing the case over his family. ", Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The film is chock-a-block with extraordinary performances and no one will fault the filmmaking either.