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Medicine: Fen Phen #174717

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 08, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) warning about the diet drugs fenluramine and phentermine, known collectively as fen phen, introduced.

(Salt Lake City: George Strait) Mayo Clinic study linking fen phen and heart problems as well as pulmonary hypertension featured. [Mayo Clinic Dr. Heidi CONNOLLY, fen phen user Linda RHODES, lead deputy FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Dr. Michael FRIEDMAN, fen phen victim Tammy KODNER - comment on the drugs' side effects.] The decision by hospitals in Salt Lake City, UT, not to operate on patients taking fen phen because of blood pressure problems noted, [LDS Hospital chief anesthesiologist Dr. Scott HURST - predicts disaster.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) New England Journal of Medicine said asking the Mayo Clinic to release its report early noted.

(No location given: Dr. Tim Johnson) Explains how doctors and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will react to the Mayo Clinic report discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABC Internet address given.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim;
Strait, George

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