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Drugwatch to Host Screening of Netflix Documentary The Bleeding Edge


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The Bleeding Edge Documentary Release

In the name of innovation, medical devices hit the market in the U.S. without proper testing. Manufacturers make billions. Americans pay with their health and their lives. And it’s all legal.

These are the facts exposed in the Netflix original documentary The Bleeding Edge. The film by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering exposes the dark side of the medical-device industry.

Dick and Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) skillfully weave hard-hitting research with stories of people whose lives were ruined by FDA-cleared medical devices. Devices include Essure birth control, pelvic mesh, the DaVinci surgical robot and metal hip implants.

“When it comes to medical devices, we created a system that doesn’t work.”

David Kessler, former FDA commissioner

Drugwatch, an Orlando-based consumer education and patient advocacy organization, is hosting a free screening of The Bleeding Edge for the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 10) in the Community Room at the Winter Park Public Library.

The Netflix release is July 27.

Drugwatch’s advance screening will conclude with a short discussion. Attorney Holly Ennis of Ennis & Ennis P.A. will answer audience questions.

Drugwatch, funded by Wilson and Peterson, LLP, is hosting this event to educate the public.

Ennis, an Essure expert, is not affiliated with Wilson and Peterson, LLP.

Drugwatch hopes to spread awareness and share the stories of people injured by the negligence of drug and medical device companies.

“I talk to too many patients seriously harmed by medical devices. We hope this film helps spread awareness that the FDA should do more to keep the public safe. Medical device companies should not put profits above patients,” said Drugwatch Senior Writer Michelle Llamas. “Every consumer should watch this film.”

What: The Bleeding Edge

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Where: Community Room at the Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will follow.

Cost: This screening is free, but please RSVP. Space is limited.

RSVP: E-mail or

Hosted by: Drugwatch

Michelle Llamas, Senior Content Writer
Written By Michelle Llamas Senior Writer

Michelle Llamas has been writing articles and producing podcasts about drugs, medical devices and the FDA for nearly a decade. She focuses on various medical conditions, health policy, COVID-19, LGBTQ health, mental health and women’s health issues. Michelle collaborates with experts, including board-certified doctors, patients and advocates, to provide trusted health information to the public. Some of her qualifications include:

  • Member of American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and former Engage Committee and Membership Committee member
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Literacy certificates
  • Original works published or cited in The Lancet, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and the Journal for Palliative Medicine
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