CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 01, 1977
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(Studio) 2nd in 2-part series, report focuses on medical profession's policing of doctors who supply drugs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Pennsylvania medical exams noted. Once doctor has license it's difficult to take it away, even after arrest and conviction for selling dangerous drugs. [New Jersey med. examiners board spokesperson Dr. Edwin ALBANO - says no doctor has ever informed on another.] New Jersey board's consideration of 1 physician's case noted. [New Jersey deputy attorney general Anthony LABUE - says board must determine disciplinary measures from evidence.] This physician later practiced med. at federal vets hospital in Ohio, after license revoked; state license not required in federal hospital. Law enforcement officials express frustration at medical boards' refusal of license revocation and judges' suspension of sentences. [New Jersey attorney general William HYLAND - says losing license isn't too much to pay.] State records with regard to license revocations noted. Pennsylvania has only recently begun to crack down on doctors dealing in drugs. [Pennsylvania medical board spokesperson Dr. Richard LYONS - says due to lack of staff and funds board hasn't come up to expectations.] Case of 1 75-yr.-old doctor noted. [PHYSICIAN - says he's crucified for writing 3 amphetamine prescriptions.] Some federal officials say there should be national licensing board; American Medical Association says state boards doing well enough. [Pennsylvania medical society spokesperson Dr. William KELLY - notes difficulty in setting up such arrangement.] [ALBANO - says if persons on boards can't do job they should get out.] Hippocratic Oath noted; federal officials concerns with regard to drug traffic with physicians cited.
REPORTER: Steve Young