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American Agenda (Med.: Government and Drugs) #120888

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Bethesda, Maryland: George Strait) Concern over amount of time it takes government to approve new drugs featured; case study of AIDS patient Sam Kleinfelter, who uses experimental drug pantamidine, cited; scenes shown. [Internist Dr. Robert GALE -says drug prevents pneumonia.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reported approving aerosol pentamidine after three years; AIDS protesters demonstrating against FDA policies shown. Cautionary warning from history of drug thalidomide, which caused birth defects, reviewed. [Tufts Univ. Dr. Louis LASAGNA - says FDA moves too slowly.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval process for drugs outlined on screen. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Dr. Frank YOUNG - comments on studies.] FDA's revision of policy explained. [Los Angeles, California, AIDS project representative Michael HEDDERMAN - says new therapies must be gotten out as quickly as possible.] [San Francisco General Hospital Dr. Gifford LEOUNG - advises caution.] [YOUNG - discusses new policy for people with terminal illnesses.] Exs. of FDA's new flexibility given.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) President Bush's administration reported appting. advisory panel to study government's drug approval process.

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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