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