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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 01, 1976
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(Studio) Birth control pills examined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) [Former user Jacquie BRODY - says pill viewed as "new saver".] [Permanente Mad. group Dr. Frederick PELLEGRIN - says various women react differently to pill.] [G.D. Searle and Company Dr. I.C. WINTER - thinks pill most effective means of birth control.] [Pop. affairs department, HEW, Dr. Louis HELLMAN - says pill disturbs normal body function.] Reproductive system of women discussed; pill's effect on system outlined. Side effects of pill reviewed. Negative effects include blood clots, gall bladder disease, benign liver tumors, breast cancer associate [Dr. WINTER - says he's unsure about risk from pill, but there's always risk in life.] [Parke, Davis and Company Dr. Stephen PRESTON - disagrees with recent scare tactics with regard to pill.] 1st pill on market in 1960. [Dr. HELLMAN - says in 1966 FDA (Food and Drug Administration) advisory committee gave guarded safety report on pill.] In 1970, 2 brands of pills removed from market; in February 1976, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) stopped mfgr. of sequential birth control pills. Joyce Trout, 37, suffered stroke 8 years ago; maintains birth control pills caused stroke. [TROUT - says doctor never warned her of dangers connected with pill.] Upcoming report on birth control pills previewed.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David

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