CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 07, 1983
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reported convening medical board of inquiry to consider reversing policy on contraceptive method banned in United States at present.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) [Adele BUTTERFIELD - believes her cervical cancer was caused by depo-provera.] Use of depo-provera outside US, especially in underdeveloped ntns., and controversy surrounding the drug examined. [Population Crisis Committee spokesperson Sallie Craig HUBER - notes attractiveness of drug in underdeveloped cntries.] [Upjohn International, Incorporated spokesperson Dr. Gordon DUNCAN - defs. depo-provera.] [National Women's Health Network spokesperson Belita COWAN - considers drug dangerous.] National Women's Health Network said planning class action lawsuit on behalf of victims such as Butterfield. [BUTTERFIELD - calls for caution.] Fin. stakes for Upjohn should FDA (Food and Drug Administration) uphold ban on depo-provera in light of probability that ntns. such as India will follow suit noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer