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FDA / Sedatives / Saccharin #49143

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 21, 1977
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) wants to ban nonprescription sedatives for nervous tension.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) FDA says day-time sedatives don't do what they claim and can cause drowsiness and thus be dangerous. Officials make announcement at Senate hearing with regard to promotion of drugs. [FDA chief cnsl. Richard MERRILL - cites admin. procedure to clean market of some prescription and nonprescription drugs.] If FDA has its way, day-time sedatives won't disappear, but simply can't make present claims in ads. Of more concern to mfrs. are nighttime sleep aids, like Sominex and Nytol; these are bigger sellers, but contain common active ingredient with day-time sedatives, called metha-pyrilene, which researchers say may cause cancer in test animals.
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow

(Studio) FDA also wants saccharin ban. House blocks action for at least one year; Senator must still agree.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Kaplow, Herbert;
Reasoner, Harry

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