ABC Evening News for Friday, May 04, 1984
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(Studio) Frequent use of Vitamin E with premature infants explained; recent rash of deaths among babies recing. E-Ferol vitamin product recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Sherri Anderson's daughter (named in report) noted among those suspected of being E-Ferol victims; current investigation into how drug, not approved by FDA, was marketed and distributed, examined. [ANDERSON - feels daughter would be alive if she hadn't received the drug.] Investigation into O'Neal, Jones and Feldman Pharmaceuticals, which marketed E-Ferol without FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval, discussed. Dr. Carl Bodenstein's experience with company described. [BODENSTEIN - notes company vice president claimed E-Ferol was safe with puppies.] Alleged evidence that O'Neal, Jones and Feldman attempted to suppress reports about E-Ferol discussed; Justice Department said investigating. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) mentioned aware of E-Ferol's use without approval for several mos. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) deputy commissioner Mark NOVITCH - defs. agency's decision.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said supporting legislature calling for special labels on drugs indicating FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval.
REPORTER: George Strait
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