CBS Evening News for Friday, May 04, 1984
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(Studio) Mfr.'s defense of vitamin E supplement linked to deaths of premature infants outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Investigation into possible relationship between deaths of premature infants and E-Ferol vitamin E supplement examined; extent of drug's distribution illustrated on map. Incidents in which FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was made aware of E-Ferol's use, despite product's lack of approval by government, noted. [Dr. Carl BODENSTEIN - would not have prescribed E-Ferol had he known product was not approved.] Response of O'Neal, Jones and Feldman, Incorporated, distributors of E-Ferol, to Bodenstein's concern that drug was cause of patients' deaths and later denial by University of Tennessee medical center that it has receive complaints about product outlined. [Representative Ted WEISS - is referring matter to Justice Department for criminal and/or civil prosecution; feels burden to monitor such drugs shouldn't be on practicing physicians after patients die.] [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) acting commissioner Dr. Mark NOVITCH - acknowledges error in agency.] [Jim BELL - blames FDA.] Bell's child noted surviving E-Ferol treatment.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
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