NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 13, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Bazell) [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Frank YOUNG - announces FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval of TPA.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) delaying approval of TPA discussed;; scenes of drug manufacturing shown. Don. Brown shown suffering from heart attack; use of drug described. Cause of heart attacks shown. [Genentech consultant Dr. Burton SOBEL - cites how many lives could be saved by using this drug.] Profits for company predicted enormous due to high cost of drug. Streptokinase said approved last week and doing much the same task as TPA but less expensively. Cardiologists asserting cautious views regarding TPA noted. [Cornell Univ. Med. Center Dr. Jeffrey BORER - says TPA will not totally protect the heart from damage of an attack.] Don. Brown's case featured; details of life being saved given, scenes shown. Which drug to be chosen for most use discussed.