ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 05, 1975
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) head, Alexander Schmidt, recommends procedures to get new medicines into specialists' hands more quickly. Med. profession has criticized government for slowing down process.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Report entitled "Regulation and Drug Development" written by Dr. Louis Lasagna and William Wardell. Report concludes it takes too long to get new drugs approved. [U. of Rochester LASAGNA - asks how many lives lost by not having antibiotics or sleeping drugs that don't kill.] [Director FDA (Food and Drug Administration) drug bureau Dr. J. Richard CROUT - says FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn't do badly re: quality decisions, but could do better in making decisions faster.] FDA afraid of making mistake with new drug and takes too long. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) could be split into 2 divisions.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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