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A Closer Look (Medicine: Prescription Drugs) #179959

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 19, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of deaths from the side effects of prescription drugs introduced.

(Washington: John McKenzie) ABC News investigation into the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) role in overseeing prescription drugs presented; examples and "Journal of the American Medical Association" report cited. [George Washington University Thomas MOORE, Public Citizen Health Research Dr. Sidney WOLFE - explain why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cannot properly monitor drugs already on the market.] The FDA's bad computer system and lack of manpower detailed. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) written response on its system quoted. [MOORE - explains what is needed.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with Senator James Jeffords, who heads the committee that oversees the FDA. [JEFFORDS - defends the committee's reaction; admits the monitoring system must be changed.]

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John

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