Hollywood takes a peek inside the drama of GPOs
What better way to immortalize one lawsuit in the healthcare industry than to make a movie about it?
“Puncture,” which reportedly tells a story similar to the antitrust lawsuit that was filed against Tyco Healthcare (now Covidien), Becton, Dickinson and Co., and group purchasing organizations Premier and Novation in “Puncture” stars Jesse Martin, left, and Chris Evans, third from left, strike a pose on the red carpet before the premiere at the Tribeca fest with the directors, brothers Adam and Mark Kassen. 2001, opened at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
One of the original lawyers, Mark Lanier, has a small part in the movie, and it was co-written by Paul Danzinger, another lawyer involved in the case. The film features Chris Evans, who also stars in the upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger,” as a lawyer who takes on the case of a nurse who contracts HIV after she is pricked with a contaminated needle.
Retractable Technologies, a Little Elm, Texas-based device manufacturer, sued Tyco Healthcare, BD, Premier and Novation in 2001, alleging that the companies restricted it from breaking into the safety syringe market. The company’s founder started Retractable Technologies in the 1980s after seeing a news story about a physician who accidentally contracted HIV from a needle stick, according to its website.
The case was settled; BD settled with the company for $100 million in 2004, and Premier, Novation and its parent company VHA settled with Retractable Technologies for undisclosed amounts in 2003.
The festival describes the film on its website as a real-life story about a “healthcare and pharmaceutical conspiracy” with “heavyweight attorneys (who) move in on the defense.” No word on a distributor yet.