CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 10, 1979
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(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy noted presiding over Senate hearing on abuses of Valium and other tranquilizers.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) No. of prescriptions filled for Valium in United States last year and alleged uses of drug cited. [Mrs. Joan HINTON, Reverend William RYAN - recall experiences with drug.] Criticism of drug as addictive by doctors, include Joseph Pursch who treated Betty Ford and Billy Carter, outlined. [PURSCH - says physicians need to be educated to prescribe such drugs less.] Defense of Valium by president of Hoffman-La Roche, mfrs. of drug, and Washington, DC physician, Michael Halberstam reported [HALBERSTAM - says it's a fallacy that merely talking with patients will relieve their anxiety and hopes today's testimony won't frighten those who need these medications.] Proposed plan, in coordination with drug's mfrs., warning patients of hazards mentioned.
REPORTER: Richard Roth
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