Search the Archive

Valium #266134

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 10, 1979
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Mudd, Roger;
Roth, Richard

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.