The in-house physicians at CBS and ABC did the proper thing, updating their reports from last week about the guidelines for increased use of prescription statins. Last Tuesday all three newscasts -- ABC's Richard Besser, CBS' Jon LaPook, NBC's Stephanie Gosk -- covered the recommendation by the American Heart Association, which would have permanently hooked fully one third of the population on these drugs. Now ABC's Dr Rich and CBS' Dr Jon raise a warning flag. Researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital double-checked the AHA risk calculator and warned that half of those falling under the guidelines would have been medicated unnecessarily.
NBC's Gosk, a general assignment reporter, not a physician, skipped the correction. Stephanie -- First, Do No Harm!
The other pharmaceuticals story of the day concerned the vaccine Bexsero. It is not approved by the Food & Drug Administration but will be administered on the campus at Princeton University anyway, because of an emergency outbreak of meningitis. ABC's Linsey Davis covered the shots Friday; now Elaine Quijano catches up on CBS.
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