tv Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson CW August 7, 2016 11:00am-11:31am EDT
welcome to "full measure." everyone knows that civilization may not exist today without medicine. but prescription drugs also are a leading cause of death. according to harvard university center for ethics, each year properly prescribed drugs in the u.s. cause about 2.4 million serious adverse drug reactions
in 2014, the top ten pharmaceutical firms pulled in the $29.4 billion in revenue with profits ranging 10 to 43%. it's easy to see knowing that why you don't always get the whole truth about the risk of a drug. companies have paid more than $13 billion to settle allegations of fraud. today, case in point. a pill called risperdol is one of them. this may be too graphic for sensitive adults and children. >> i went to my parents and was, like, hey, i have a lump and they said that's not right. so we went to the doctor for it. >>reporter: you were, like, 10 years old. >> uh-huh.
said not to worry. but josh's mom knew better. she wondered if one factor could be risperdol, the prescription medicine josh had been taking for four years. >> i like to research things so i started researching right away and found a few moms out there on google who had posted their kids on risperdol who pediatrician and said i want him off this medicine. we stopped it that day. >>reporter: what was the response of the pediatrician trigs when you linked the lump and the medicine. >>reporter: i think he thought i was just a paranoid mom. but, i don't know, mom's intuition, i knew something was wrong. >>reporter: she was right. thousands of boys taking
breasts. some of them even produced milk. it can happen when a male has a spike in a naturally occurring hormone. risperdol can cause levels of prolactin to rise. >> my best friend had a pool and we would swim over there and none of them had, like, larger breasts or any lumps or anything. >>reporter: did you ask your them, i asked the best friend if he had, like, ever had anything like that. and he said, no, i never noticed. and i was, like, oh, okay, it's weird that's happening to me then. >> he stopped taking the medicine. it was over i think a two-year period where they said wait six months, it will be gone in six months. we waited the six months. it continued to grow.
other side. >>reporter: there's a dark back story. at the time, risperdol wasn't approved for use in children at all but as was later alleged, sales reps were instructed to market them as safe and effective for all kinds of childhood disorders knowing it posed serious health risks. the attorney representing josh tried the first risperdol case last autistic boy who developed size 46dd breasts. so the better it works the more likely you are to grow breasts. >> right. >>reporter: table 21 from the original risperdol study in 2002 shows 7.8% of risperdol patients
developed side effects. an internal document said how do you want to handle the one significant value asked the reviewer? i think we need to discuss this in the manuscript. instead the head of the study eliminated table 21 according to the attorney. >> he specifically made the decision not to tell the public, not to tell the doctors, not to tell even the fda or anybody about this study that they did in 2001 specifically finds the association even though the law requires it. >>reporter: a year after the original risperdol study was published without table 21, josh was prescribed risperdol and developed the very problem it seemed to warn about. >> we saw our child who is this outgoing, happy kid with all these friends becoming more regressed, he was shy, stopped
wouldn't take his shirt off at the beach, wouldn't change in front of anybody. >> it was very difficult. i ran cross country starting my eighth grade year and so cross country starts in the summer and it gets really hot. so everyone would take their shirts off and i was self-conscious and i didn't take my shirt off. no one else had to make that decision and if i did off, i felt self-conscious and was thinking everyone was looking at me, my friends looking at me. just really bad. >>reporter: johnson&johnson had no comment on his case and declined our interview requests. in a statement the company said it did not withhold any relevant data. as to why table 21 was left out of the original risperdol study,
there was no direct correlation. josh believes otherwise. there are no photos of him at his worst. he chose a drastic solution. >> we went to the breast surgeon who after seeing him said he has the largest breasts in the a boy that he'd ever seen in this area and agreed to do the he had a bilateral mastectomy done. he had double drain tubes in for a week. home nursing came twice a day. he couldn't move. had to lay flat on his back because if he moved the tubes moved and it was painful. they did reconstructive surgery
tissue and then replace the nipple. >>reporter: how old was he? >> 12 years old. >>reporter: no one ever knew why josh was out of school those six weeks. he's one of 10,700 patients suing the drug maker >> the risks are hidden from the public because the companies want to be able to sell as much of their product as possible. >>reporter: us risperdol has and is still helping millions of patients with debilitating -- patients with debilitating mental problems. >> i didn't know some of these boys were lactating. josh was fortunate to not have to go through those steps i think because we were diligent and caught on to it quickly and took care of it.
to the kids that aren't as lucky. >>reporter: it takes a lot of guts for josh to talk about what happened for him and even more to show it but he's done siding his scores. >> about the experience, it was one that i wish i didn't have to go through and i hope all the other kids going through it, you know, i feel bad they had to go through it too because, company, i think they knew that this would happen and to make us all of us go through it, you know, it's not just like it's me and a few other people, it's thousands of people that are going through it. so to make all of us going through it, just, they knew just to make a profit, it's sickening. >>reporter: last month, a philadelphia jury awarded $70 million to the family of a
taking risperdol. johnson&johnson is challenging that verdict, the largest to date. jurors found the company intentionally falsified, destroyed, or concealed evidence in the case. the firm won't say how much money it's made from risperdol or how many are taking it. just ahead, when the u.s. cut a nuclear deal with freed four americans it had accused of spies.
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bob levinson, a father of seven, former fbi agent turned private investigator and now the longest-held american captive in history. how that came to be is a cloak and dagger story pieced together by author of the just publish published "missing man." this cold case has haunted the levinson family for at least nine years. >> several americans unjustly detained by iran are finally coming home. >>reporter: that announcement was made several months after the u.s. sealed a deal to reduce economic sanctions against iran if it agreed not to pursue
that bob levinson was seen and his family says author barry meyer thought he would be among those freed. >> they were stunned when it was announced that these other prisoners were coming home and the administration didn't even have the courtesy to notify them. they learned about it from watching the news like every other american. >>reporter: though levinson is not like every other american. to this day, the iranians have never acknowledged holding him captive. the mystery begins in 2007 when levinson supposedly as a private investigator went to an iranian free trade center in the persian gulf. then he vanished. meyer began his own investigation into what happened to levinson. first he gained the family's trust and then went through bob's personal work files. >> there inside a conference
like, an entry into this secret world that bob lived in. >>reporter: a secret world, meyer says, of gathering information on iran as a contractor for the cia. meyer says the family had bob's computer hacked after he disappeared that led a paper trail to the agency. >> i have hundreds of reports sent to the cia. i have the e-mails sent back and forth between him and his cia handler. it was undisputable. >>reporter: so if levinson was working for the cia, why would the agency deny it? the cia declined to comment but meyer has his own idea. >> they won't say that bob levinson was a cia consultant who went to iran to gather information for the cia and they are refusing to do that because they do not want to admit that we're in the business of collecting intelligence on both
>>reporter: it would be an admission that could endanger other americans overseas who would be treated like suspected spies by hostile nations. the first hint about levinson's disappearance came in 2007 in an e-mail apparently from bob and sent to his family and the fbi. >> it was one of the most tantalizing clues they might have received. this was an e-mail that appeared to have been written by bob levinson and it was pleading for help. they never followed up these individuals. >>reporter: the fbi wouldn't comment but issued a statement on the ninth anniversary of his disappearance saying the fbi continues to work closely with our intelligence community and international partners to locate bob and bring him home safely. >> i've been held here for three and a half years. i'm not in very good health. >>reporter: in 2011, this video of bob levinson emerged.
still alive. government, the levinson family, and the press kept to what meyer says is levinson's cover story, he was in iran investigating cigarette smuggling. >> we knew he was a consultant to the cia. we didn't know whether he was dead or alive. the story he had was not worth gambling somebody's life over. >>reporter: that changed in 2013, the associate washington post decided to break the story that levinson was collecting information for the cia and that it sparked a scandal inside the agency. >> at some point, heads rolled. the explanation for why bob's handler and two other senior analysts were pushed out was that they had essentially run this rogue operation. what has never been acknowledged is that bob was collecting intelligence about iran.
missing in iran. >>reporter: bob's family has pleaded with the u.s. government to get him back. they've gone to congress. >> my family will never rest until my father is back with us. >>reporter: and levinson's son dan even traveled to iran to find him. still, nothing. nearly ten years on, the levinson family has no answers. just questions. >> they're a family with no closure. they wake up every morning wo going to happen that's going to resolve this case. it's been happening day after day after day, and they deserve much better. >>reporter: the fbi director stated in march that his agency was, quote, doing everything in our power to investigate all leads. thank you, scott. ahead, we follow the money, and
this week, we follow the money and the trail of wasteful spending leads straight to the department of veterans affair. lawmakers are criticizing the agency saying the va took artistic liberty on some very pricey purchases. >> the committee recently found that the paolo alto va healthcare system has spent $6.3 million on art, on art an consulting services. >> the republican chair of the house committee on veterans affairs fired up about the va's expensive taste at its california facility using your tax dollars. >> this includes an art installation on the side of a parking garage that displays quotes by abraham lincoln and eleanor roosevelt in, wait for
$285,000. it actually lights up. >> also on the list, this stainless steel sculpture that cost taxpayers $365,000. >> all of the artwork that i have in the va committee room is art on loan from the department of defense. i don't have a problem with the art. >>reporter: but miller does have a problem with this $1.3 million rock sculpture and courtyard project. art work he says comes at the expense of wounded vets. >> the thing that both most is va keeps saying they need more and more money, yet, they're not willing to prioritize and use the money that they have for the appropriate thing. ie, healthcare for the veterans. >>reporter: so as the va recovers from a scandal involving dozens of veterans who died waiting for care, it's spending $300,000 on this arc. >> certainly those that control the purse swings, the congress
flexibility is the last thing that we need to be giving to the va. >>reporter: the va says it has developed a new approval policy that should be finalized within the next 90 days. still ahead on full measure, former house speaker newt gingrich talks about early "credit karma, why are you checking your credit score!"
after helping republicans sweep that year's congressional election. he's back on the stage supporting another republican revolution, the presidential campaign of donald trump. earlier this summer we spoke with him about the campaign and his book and documentary that touch on the first american revolution. >> when you take rediscovering god in america and walk around all the monuments and you start with washington who talks about the importance of providence and without its intervention we would not have won, you go to jefferson eternal hostility over tyranny of the mind of man. lincoln in the second inaugural is virtually a sermon and references god again and again and again. you begin to realize that despite every effort of the modern secular left, you cannot understand america unless you understand how deeply our key leaders felt that god was
>> if jefferson and adams went to william and mary and harvard, washington went to war. >> the first american is a documentary about george washington based on my experience i bet a lot of schools pretty much present him as sort of an old guy in a couple of phrases. your documentary seeks to do something entirely different. >> this is a guy on whom the whole country stands. this is the father of our country. this is a man who we said was first in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of his countrymen. we decided to do the first american and were so fortunate. robert lions is an actor who looks like a younger washington. we wanted to break away from the old man sitting as president at the end of his career because young people can't possibly -- >> we think of him as image on money. >> that's right. we wanted to take him off the currency and give you the
man of enormous physical strength, a wilderness character who in his early 20s was starting a world war in the west. who has four bullet holes in his coat and two horses shot from under him. this is an action hero. and so the first american really is our effort to recenter washington at the center of the american experience and through to get it in every high school in the country and make it available for people who want to buy a copy and we're currently shopping it to several networks. we'll probably try to bring it up every single birthday for the next 20 years for people to see this is what america was built on. this kind of courage and work ethic and patriotism. >> did washington really call this the american experiment? >> yes. they saw this as something
and remember you're in a world of kings and emperors suddenly this says we're endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. you're saying god skips the king and comes straight to every individual. it's an extraordinary, radical document. they knew it was an experiment. >> the book was organized as a walking great monuments and tours in washington. coming up on the next full measure, we go inside a u.s. military building in afghanistan known as 64k. the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction describes it as an unwanted and unnecessary construction project that wasted millions of u.s. tax dollars. that story on the next full
hello. i'm bill lumaye and thank you for watching community matters. we hope you'll continue to watch as we discuss issues facing our community and provide you with the resources and information needed to find solutions. ?? this week, we're getting ready for college; and it's never too early to start planning, especially when it comes to saving money. joining me now with some great advice on getting started is sarita broadway of college foundation of north carolina. thank you so much for being here. thank you for having me. wow. college is expensive now, isn't it? yes, it is. yes, it is and not decreasing, increasing. it is increasing. absolutely. and what kind of financial packages are available today for the folks?