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Drugs / Celebrex / FDA #774749

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 18, 2004
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Reports introduced.

(New York: Bob Jamieson) The crisis over Pfizer's arthritis drug Celebrex now that a National Cancer Inst. study indicates it may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke featured. [Public Citizen Dr. Sidney WOLFE†- says the FDA should get rid of Celebrex.] [FDA acting commissioner Dr. Lester CRAWFORD†- says other studies do not show the heart/stroke effect.] [CONSUMER, Hospital for Special surgery Dr. Theodore FIELD - say it's confusing.]

(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Washington: John Yang) Questions about the ability of the FDA to protect Americans from dangerous medications examined. [Senator Charles GRASSLEY - says the FDA cannot compromise safety.] [WOLFE - notes the FDA-pharmaceutical link with drug reviews.] [Former FDA commissioner Dr. David KESSLER†- says drugs need more study.] [FDA drug safety reviewer Dr. David GRAHAM - says the FDA cares more about business than safety.] The likelihood that new legislation on drug safety can get passed with the pharmaceutical industry being a powerful lobby discussed.

(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Graham's appearance tomorrow on "This Week" mentioned.

Woodruff, Bob;
Jamieson, Bob;
Yang, John

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