Hol­ly­wood takes a peek in­side the drama of GPOs

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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.

MAYA BARKEI/TRIBECA FILM FES­TI­VAL

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