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House Committee / Drug Companies Pricing Probe / Califano Contempt Charges #259180

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 16, 1978
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(Studio) Report on Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano's refusal to give House subcommittee government-held data on drug companies and subcommittee 's vote to give him contempt citation.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Committee investigation of alleged drug overpricing noted. Request and later subpoena of information from Califano with regard to drug manufacturing detailed; Califano's reasons for refusing to release information given. Representative John Moss' warning about contempt chgs. noted. [Representative Norman LENT - isn't comfortable asking Secretary to violate United States statute.] [MOSS - orders Califano to supply material.] [CALIFANO - can't do so, because of ruling by Attorney General] [MOSS - says Secretary is in contempt of committee and House] Debate and final committee vote on contempt action reported Upcoming vote by full Commerce Committee and necessary approval by full House noted.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

Rather, Dan;
Serafin, Barry

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