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Infected Intravenous Bottles #457567

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 09, 1971
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(Studio) Infected intravenous bottles apparently still being used 3 weeks after problem made public.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) 350 infections and 9 deaths reported from infected Abbott Laboratories bottles. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner Dr. Charles EDWARDS - Mar. 22nd announcement, concerning bottles, says infected bottles will be recalled once sure hospitals have sufficient supplies; gaps can be filled within few days.] Some hospitals, especially in New York City and New England, still using Abbott bottles, 19 days later.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Chicago, Illinois) [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) District Director William CLARK - says Abbott Laboratories supplying bottles to hospitals on emergency basis. In response to reporter questions, says: hospitals must be unable to obtain bottles from other mfrs.; must have situation where patient requires intravenous solutions, before hospitals given permission to use Abbott bottles; about 300 emergency requests made in Chicago area, about 200 approved.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(DC) Problem worsening; Abbott offers to let another company use 1 of its factories to produce bottles.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Chancellor, John;
Nessen, Ron

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