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Prescription For Despair (Part I) #287696

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 28, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Side effect of antipsychotic drugs, tardive dyskinesia, examined; Mary Brown and Anita Katz cited as exs. [Brown's daughter Kathy RANN - recalls mother's pre-drug symptoms.] Brown noted given antipsychotic drugs as result of misdiagnosis of Huntington's Disease. [KATZ - describes her lack of control.] [Katz's son Barry FAYNE - notes no one informed family of risks of tranquilizers, only their benefits.] Tardive dyskinesia's impact on body's nervous system described, shown; problem, untreatable, said result only of long-term use of antipsychotic drugs. No. currently taking antipsychotic drugs in United States mentioned. [Dr. Joseph DEVEAUGH-GEISS - anticipates number Americans likely to develop tardive dyskinesia.] [Dr. Thomas GUALTIERI - doesn't know of any other situation in medical history.] Due to primary use of such drugs among mentally ill, that group noted experiencing burden of side effects; specific prescription drugs commonly used listed. [Neurologist Dr. Harold KLAWANS - feels major number of his tardive dyskinesia patients are products of drug misuse by physicians.] Katz's case mentioned believed permanent; court award given her last year mentioned. [Attorney Geoffrey FIEGER - hopes high award will alert medical profession.] [FAYNE - describes mother's attitude.] Pharmaceutical industry's efforts to warn doctors of tardive dyskinesia for past decade noted. [KLAWANS - feels doctors only grasp extent of problem once they've viewed victim.] [RANN - laments mother's plight.] Dilemma faced by medical profession in use of antipsychotic drugs, successfully, for schizophrenics in light of long-term outcome cited.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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