CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 30, 1983
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(Studio) Massachusetts supreme court ruling on mental patients' right to refuse potentially dangerous drugs reported handed down yesterday; background to suit brought by Boston State Hospital patients explained.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Extensive use of antipsychotic drugs by medical profession despite drug industry's warnings of severe side effects from tardive dyskinesia examined; 6 year old Terri Gautier's case cited as example [Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas GUALTIERI - describes Gautier's condition.] [GAUTIER - explains why she was put on drugs when 3 years old.] Antipsychotic drugs commonly prescribed listed; medical profession's apparent disregard of drug company warnings cited. [Father Mike GAUTIER - would have refused drug for daughter had he been made aware of its side effects.] Lack of monitoring for early tardive dyskinesia symptoms in state hospitals where antipsychotic drugs are used the most noted. [Commission on Quality Care spokesperson Clarence SUNDRAM - outlines results of survey of New York state hospitals.] Similar situation said discovered in institutions for retarded and in nursing homes. (GUALTIERI - questions ethical use of antipsychotic drugs with the retarded.] Results of poll of doctors with regard to discussing risks of such drugs with patients and families noted. [Dr. Peter BREGGIN - questions patients' willingness to take antipsychotic drugs if they knew risks.] [American Psychiatric Association spokesperson Dr. Melvin SABSHIN - believes physicians are being pushed to inform patients.] Possibility of new antipsychotic drugs being developed which don't cause tardive dyskinesia mentioned.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer
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