ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 06, 1982
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(Studio) Tylenol scare beginning last week in Chicago reported continuing to spread; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said reopening case of alleged suicide William Pascual. Details given. Continue efforts to clear store shelves of Tylenol in Oroville, California, following discovery of strychnine-laced capsules noted. Lack of link between California and Pennsylvania events and those in Chicago discussed. [Zahn Drug Company spokesperson Jim DEMPSEY - notes Illinois authorities, FBI and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have all investigated operation.] [Druggist Robert WIJAS - cites Johnson and Johnson's efforts to gather up all unsold Tylenol prods.] [Dr. Elliot STOKAR - comments on patients' refusal to take Tylenol.] Chicago authorities reported considering passage of ordinance affecting pkging. of drugs.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) Issue of tamper-proofing over-the-counter drugs examined; number Tylenol capsules analyzed by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) mentioned. [Health and Human Services Secretary Richard SCHWEIKER - praises Chicago firemen who first discovered link between deaths and Tylenol.] Schweiker said ordering FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to use emergency powers to order tamper-resistant pkging. on all over-the-counter drugs; apparent consumer switch from capsules to tablets noted. [Drug industry spokesperson Jack WALDEN - calls for additional care by consumer.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said still investigating large number of suspected incidents.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson