ABC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1977
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(Studio) Embattled FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is in midst of internal dispute with regard to new drug approvals and recently came under heaviest attack, for proposed saccharin ban.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Responsibilities of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cited; with these has come controversy, especially with regard to drug regulation. [Consumer advocate Dr. Sidney WOLFE - says FDA (Food and Drug Administration) can't control drug industry without encouraging own employees to prevent industry from conning FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and consumers.] [Drug industry spokesperson Joseph STETLER - disagrees; cites reason for cooperation between FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and industry] FDA's responsibilities with regard to drug industry regulation noted. In recent years, internal controversy has centered on Dr. John Nestor, known for adverse approach to new drugs. [NESTOR - says attempt made to force him to quit.] He didn't, filed grievance, which eventually led to government probe and report on probe just issued. Details of report, with regard to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials' attempts to cooperate more with drug industry, noted. Report is 1 of 1st documents to be given new FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Don. Kennedy. [KENNEDY - notes conflict with regard to question of regulatory philosophy.] Kennedy hasn't decided with regard to Nestor and colleagues, but says FDA (Food and Drug Administration) under him will be more adversative to drug industry than cooperative.
REPORTER: Brit Hume
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