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Heart Attack Drug Controversy #109792

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 18, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Boston, Massachusetts: Dr. Tim Johnson) Contd. controversy over use of drug, Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA) with heart attack victims examined; details given, scenes shown. [Dr. John MORRISON - cites TPA's benefits.] TPA's effect on blood clots explained, illustrated. [TPA patient Larry KING - describes his experience with TPA.] FDA's refusal to authorize TPA's non-experimental use discussed. [Dr. Alan TIEFENBRUNN - was surprised at FDA's decision.] Basis of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) advisory panel's ruling explained. [TIEFENBRUNN - accuses FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of changing its criteria in midstream.] "Wall Street Journal" said suggesting TPA manufacturer Genentech mishandled its approach to FDA. [Dr. Eugene BRAUNWALD - cites potential lives at stake.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said recommending use of another drug.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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