CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 30, 1982
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(Studio) Virginia supreme court reported ruling Arlington, Virginia, couple due damages for failure of lab to detect presence of Tay-Sachs disease in unborn child. Report given on Reye's Syndrome, and role of aspirin therein.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) [Sylvia RINGLE - speaks of child's death.] Case of her daughter Hope reported [Dr. Edward MORTIMER - believes aspirin plays role in development of Reye's Syndrome.] Chicken pox and influenza cases especially noted. Studies cited showing link between aspirin and Reye's. [MORTIMER - urges warning against aspirin in cases of chicken pox and influenza.] Absence of warning on boxes noted. [Plough, Incorporated John CLAYTON - argues against the warning.] Sterling Drug Incorporated, producers of Bayer aspirin, mentioned. Drug companies reported chging. state tests are flawed. [MORTIMER - is critical of companies] Dr. Harry Jennison quoted with regard to Plough's threatened suit against American Academy of Pediatrics if article against use of baby aspirin was published. [CLAYTON - denies knowledge of legal threats.] Inactivity of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in matter noted. [Health Research Group Dr. Sidney WOLFE - says government yielded to interest of industry] FDA's current action noted. [Richard RINGLE - wonders if child might have been spared had he known of aspirin risk.]
REPORTER: Meredith Vieira