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Medicine: Viagra & Blindness / System Failure #791282

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 27, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) New safety questions about a blockbuster group of drugs approved by the government introduced; statistics on the sale of impotence drugs Cialis, Viagra & Levitra cited.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) Cases of permanent vision loss for men taking the erectile dysfunction drugs examined; details given about the rare disease naion, where blood is cut off to the optic nerve. [Viagra user Jimmy GRANT†- says he went blind after taking Viagra.] [University of Minnesota Dr. Howard POMERANZ†- comments on the drug-vision loss link.] Statement from Viagra maker Pfizer about vision loss quoted. [Pfizer senior medical director Dr. Michael BERELOWITZ†- says we will provide information.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Recent safety concerns with widely used drugs {named} that have serious side effects noted.

(New York: John McKenzie) The hidden problems with FDA-approved drugs & the lack of follow-up studies examined; details given from a "Journal of the American Medical Assn." study on major new side effects in drugs after they went on the market. [Harvard Medical School Dr. Jerry AVORN†- says companies have a "disincentive" to look for problems in drugs that are selling well; states the FDA cannot force companies to test further.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Stark, Lisa;
McKenzie, John

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