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A Closer Look (Older, Cheaper, Better) #717333

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 17, 2002
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A landmark study in the "Journal of the American Medical Assn." on treating high blood pressure introduced.

(New York: John McKenzie) The research findings that the older diuretic drugs work better to control high blood pressure than more expensive medications examined; details given about the study. [Tulane University Dr. Paul WHELTON†- says the older drugs appear to work better.] [Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Michael ALDERMAN†- says the study is a watershed with incontrovertible findings.] The unprecedented effort by the National Institutes of Health to promote diuretics noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Boston: Tim Johnson) The implications of the study for doctors with high blood pressure patients & the bloody public relations battle to come from drug companies discussed.

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John;
Johnson, Tim

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