The Pharmacist – Review

After losing his son to a drug-related murder in 1999, a small-town pharmacist, Dan Schneider, decides to investigate the New Orleans based homicide in the sole pursuit of gaining justice for his son. Unbeknown to Dan, his efforts would unearth a troubling trend of young, seemingly healthy people being sucked into the world of OxyContin painkillers. This is more of a documentary that focuses on the merging of two stories – one being Daniel Jr’s death and the second being the resulting investigation that followed.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

It’s very rare to see a story unfold of a man who hoped and eventually made a big change in the world we live in, but that’s exactly what Dan Schneider set out to do and eventually accomplished in this Netflix limited series. It’s relatively easy to understand why some would dismiss Dan as a disturbed and confused parent struggling with the fact that his son was killed, but as the story unfolds, you begin to understand and comprehend the extreme lengths he goes to in hope of finding justice. It’s truly disgusting and sickening what greed and having no moral compass can drive people in power to do and this documentary uncovers that.

Dan came across as a really likeable character that you were rooting for throughout, despite him going down many dangerous paths over the years. He was a very good storyteller and to top it off, he documented, filmed and recorded most of what happened when he began his private investigation. As Dan began investigating, it became clear that there was many twists and turns within the story and more characters began emerging, many of whom were exploiting the drug OxyContin and those addicted to it.

Remarkably, even doctors and people in power around the nation were involved in making money from the drug. The doc began scoping in on specific doctors and police departments who were at fault and at the same time led by financial greed by allowing this to happen.

It has to be said that the creators of the show did an extremely good job of painting Jacqueline Cleggett as a primary villain – Jacqueline opened a private clinic in a high-crime area of New Orleans and began prescribing people with the wrong medicine to earn extra cash for herself and her family. Her shocking appearance in the final episode was Bond-esque as she denied all wrongdoing that was thrown her way in the prior episodes.

Somewhat surprisingly, I found this documentary to have been shot beautifully, and it showcased Louisiana in its full glory. More importantly, as a viewer, you got the answers you deserved for sure, and I’d most definitely recommend this to anybody looking to gain more knowledge in the world of pharmaceuticals.

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