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FDA / Epilepsy Treatment / Sodium Valproate #497685

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 28, 1978
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(Studio) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval of drug, valproic acid, as treatment for epilepsy reported Drug is comparable to sodium valproate, about which there have been earlier reports on this program.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Baltimore, Maryland) [Johns Hopkins Hospital spokesperson Dr. John FREEMAN - notes hospital's low supply of valproate pills prior to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ruling.] Valproate treatment of children like Cary Canopek at Kennedy Institution in Baltimore noted. Physicians' methods of getting treatment for patients before FDA ruling cited; expected distribution of drug reported Case of Barbara and Mike Hemmis, who had been told son, David, might have to go to Europe to get treatment, stated. [Barbara HEMMIS - says David is able to do many things for self now, for 1st time in years]
REPORTER: Bob Dotson

Chancellor, John;
Dotson, Bob

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