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A Closer Look (Pushing Drugs) #789133

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A closer look at how a drug maker pumped up sales of a lucrative medicine despite questions about its safety introduced; details given of the resignation of Merck & Co. CEO Raymond Gilmartin†.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The anatomy of Merck's sale of the painkiller Vioxx examined; scenes shown from House Government Reform Committee hearings; details given about the training of Merck salespeople, including using Dr. Martin Luther King as a sales pitch example. [Representatives Henry WAXMAN†, Gil GUTKNECHT†, Elijah CUMMINGS†- criticize Merck.] [Merck Research Laboratories Dr. Dennis ERB†- defends Merck.] [NYU medical school Dr. Marc SIEGEL†- says doctors should not be relying on salesmen about drugs.] ["Worst Pills, Best Pills" author Dr. Sidney WOLFE††- criticizes the FDA for not warning doctors.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Tapper, Jake

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