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Smithkline Beecham Pharmaceuticals

Feature #3103

December 5, 1997

 

 

 

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***PLEASE NOTE: QUOTATIONS ENCLOSED IN PARENTHESES AND PRECEDED BY AN -I.E.- ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. WHAT WILL ACTUALLY BE SAID IN THOSE AREAS WILL BE THE CANDID, SPONTANEOUS ANSWERS OF INTERVIEWEES TO THE ATTACHED QUESTIONS.

 

 

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THE TITLE: "NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTIONING" CIRCULATES AROUND A SHOT OF TECHNICIAN WATCHING ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPH TRACING.

SFX: MUSIC OR NATURAL SOUND

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 1

PERSON 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "It started out as just a tremor in this finger. I thought it was nothing, but it got worse. Then I started having trouble moving my arm.")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 1

DOCTOR 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Parkinsonís is a slow progressive disease that affects a small area of cells in the middle part of the brain. These cells gradually degenerate and die. ")

 

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PARKINSONíS PATIENT MOVING VERY SLOWLY

 

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "Their loss produces a reduction in a vital chemical called dopamine causing symptoms like rigidity, tremor, slowness of movement and loss of balance. ")

 

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SHOT OF CROWD

DOCTOR 2 (V.O.): (I.E. "PD affects about one out of every 100 people over the age of 60. In fact, it has become one of the most common ailments in the U.S.")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 2

DOCTOR 2 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "There is no cure for Parkinsonís. However, because people are living longer, there are now up to a million and a half Americans who have this disease. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 2

PERSON 2 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "When my doctor told me I had Parkinsonís, I didnít know what to think. I didnít feel that bad. Now I know I have it, but itís still hard to accept. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 1

PERSON 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "I was seeing the doctor for something else and he noticed my hand tremor. When he told me I had Parkinsonís I was shocked.)

 

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SHOT OF A VARIETY OF

MEDICATIONS

CORRESPONDENT (V.O): (The symptoms of Parkinsonís Disease can be very debilitating, causing serious changes in a personís lifestyle. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help.)

 

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SHOT OF ACCIDENT VICTIM BEING WHEELED INTO EMERGENCY ROOM

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.) (I.E. "Some people believe that their disease was caused by an accident or injury, but we think this is very unlikely. The fact is, we just do not, at this time, know the cause. ")

 

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SHOT OF MEDICAL JOURNALS AND STATISTICAL CHARTS

DOCTOR 2 (V.O.): (I.E. "Studies have shown that Parkinsonís Disease is not contagious. People do not catch it from each other. Furthermore, itís not hereditary either. It is, quite simply, a mystery. ")

 

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CORRESPONDENT

CORRESPONDENT (ON CAMERA): (Though there is, as yet, no way to cure Parkinsonís nor any way to prevent the onset of the disease, there are treatment options that can protect patients against the disabilities that can develop from neglect.)

 

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SHOT OF PATIENT DOING SIMPLE CHORES WELL

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "Good treatment can help recover many of the lost functions of the body and keep patients useful and independent for many, many years. ")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 2

DOCTOR 2 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "We have a much better understanding today of the illness and ways to treat it than was available only a decade or two ago. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 1

PERSON 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "When I first found out I had this disease I was extremely depressed. While my doctor suggested some treatment options, he didnít seem to think there really was much hope. ")

 

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CARING DOCTOR AND PATIENT

CORRESPONDENT (V.O.): (I.E. "Itís important to be treated by doctors who are well acquainted with Parkinsonís Disease as well as the various medications that are available so that these drugs can be properly combined to achieve maximum benefits. ")

 

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PERSON 2

PERSON 2 (0N CAMERA): (I.E. "If Iíve learned one thing from this disease, it that itís best not to worry about what will happen tomorrow. Iím grateful today for the good things in my life. ")

 

 

INSERT HOST SEGUE :

Though Parkinsonís Disease isnít life threatening, it does force serious changes in the lives of those afflicted as well as their families and friends. Fortunately, there is hope, and people do manage to be productive and comfortable despite their illness.

 

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SHOT OF PATIENT BUTTONING

SHIRT

PERSON 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "Doing the simplest things can be almost impossible with this disease. I have trouble buttoning my shirt, writing, sometimes even feeding myself. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 2

A PERSON 2 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Sometimes it takes a lot of effort just to get across the room. I want to scream because I get so frustrated. ")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 1

DOCTOR 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Although we canít cure Parkinsonís Disease, we can control the symptoms with some success. Typical interventions include various types of physical therapy, drugs, and daily exercise.")

 

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SHOT OF PHYSICAL THERAPIST WORKING WITH PATIENT

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "Postural abnormalities, deformities of the extremities, and gait disturbances can be controlled by hard work on the part of the patient and the physical therapist. ")

 

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SHOT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST WORKING WITH PATIENT

DOCTOR 2 (V.O.): (I.E. "Working with crafts can help patients maintain coordination and manual dexterity. ")

 

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ANOTHER PATIENT ENTERS FRAME

AND TALKS TO FIRST

A PERSON 2 (V.O.) (I.E. "I like the occupational therapy because it gives me a chance to be with other people. You know, just being able to talk to someone who feels like I do helps a lot. ")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 2

DOCTOR 2 (ON CAMERA) (I.E. "Unfortunately, physical therapy can only do so much. Eventually, the only course of action in the treatment of Parkinsonís Disease involves some kind of drug therapy.")

 

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SHOT OF LEVODOPA PILLS BEING POURED INTO HAND

CORRESPONDENT(V.O.): ( "For most people, the most effective medication in the treatment of Parkinsonís Disease is levodopa. This is converted to dopamine, the brain chemical that needs to be replaced. ")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR 1

DOCTOR 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Treatment of the symptoms of Parkinsonís Disease requires a delicate balance of medications and has to be adjusted as the patientís needs change. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 2

PERSON 2 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "The medications seemed to work for awhile, then they didnít work at all. I was worse off than when the whole thing started. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 2 AND SPOUSE

SPOUSE (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "I didnít know what to do. Her (his) symptoms were getting worse and I was afraid I wouldnít be able to cope. ")

 

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SHOT OF CORRESPONDENT

CORRESPONDENT (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Often, the drugs used to control the symptoms of Parkinsonís Disease lose their effectiveness as the illness worsens. When this happens, dopamine agonists, like Requip, are very useful in prolonging the duration of the beneficial effects. ")

 

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SHOT OF DOCTOR WORKING WITH PATIENT

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "New advances in the treatment of Parkinsonís Disease are making it easier for patients to live productive lives and to keep the discomfort associated with the disease to a minimum. ")

 

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CLOSE UP OF HAND TREMORS

CORRESPONDENT (V.O): (Early use of dopamine agonists can delay the use of levodopa and potentially delay or possibly avoid the development of levodopa-induced motor fluctuations and dyskenesias.)

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 2 MIXING A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR INTO COFFEE

PERSON 2 (V.O.): (I.E. "Before they got my medications figured out, I couldnít do this. ")

 

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SHOT OF EXERCISE CLASS OF OLDER PEOPLE

DOCTOR 1 (V.O.): (I.E. "While Parkinsonís Disease is hard to live with, there is a lot that patients can do to help themselves. Proper medication, physical therapy, and above all, activity and exercise by the patient can help keep the joints from freezing and muscles from shortening as they do when theyíre not used. ")

 

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PERSON 1 EXERCISING AT HOME

PERSON 1 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Itís hard for me to exercise, but I know itís something I have to do every day and I just do it. ")

 

 

INSERT HOST SEGUE:

Over a million Americans and their families are affected by Parkinsonís Disease--not just physically, but emotionally as well. Letís meet one family and see how they handle the challenges presented by this disease.

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3 WITH SPOUSE

PERSON 3 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "At first, I thought Iíd never be able to stand it. I couldnít see any way to live with what I knew was happening to me. ")

 

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CLOSE UP OF SPOUSE

SPOUSE (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "I was scared. Weíve been together a long time, and weíve been through a lot, but thereís nothing that can prepare you for this. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3 FIXING SOMETHING AT KITCHEN COUNTER

PERSON 3 (V.O.): (I.E. "I was always a very independent person. Just the idea of having to depend on him (her) for basic things was horrifying. I didnít want to do it. I just wanted the problem to go away. ")

 

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SHOT OF SPOUSE PORTIONING

OUT MEDICATIONS

SPOUSE (V.O.): (I.E. "We prayed a lot at first. You know, Ďtake this cup away from meí kind of stuff. I guess everyone who gets an incurable disease feels like that. ")

 

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SHOT OF FAMILY GROUP

SPOUSE (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "After awhile you just learn to live one day at a time. ")

 

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CLOSE UP OF ADULT CHILD OF PERSON 3

ADULT CHILD (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Weíre just glad we still have her (him) with us. Yeah, itís hard seeing her (him) this way, but itís better than not seeing her (him) at all.)

 

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SHOT OF FAMILY PREPARING FOR

A CELEBRATION

CORRESPONDENT (V.O.): (Parkinsonís Disease is not life-threatening, but it does present tough challenges to even the most courageous of individuals.)

 

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PERSON 3 GETTING OUT OF THE

CAR IN FRONT OF OFFICE BUILDING

PERSON 3 (V.0.): (I.E. "I do everything the doctor tells me to do even when I think itís not doing me any good at all. A positive attitude is important. ")

 

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PERSON 3 AND SPOUSE SITTING

WITH PHYSICIAN

PHYSICIAN (V.O.): (I.E "Itís not always easy for patients to keep believing in the treatment because Parkinsonís is a progressive disease. All we can do is make her (him) more comfortable.")

 

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SHOT OF CORRESPONDENT

CORRESPONDENT (ON CAMERA): (The proper medication, physical therapy, and exercise are the three keys to managing Parkinsonís Disease. A fourth might be keeping a positive attitude.)

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3

PERSON 3 (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Every day is a new challenge, but there are good things too. I believe that if I work hard enough I can do a lot of the things I thought Iíd never do again.")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3 HOLDING A

BABY

PERSON 3 (V.O.): (I.E. "Iím happy to be here to see my grandchildren grow. My family has always been so important to me, now more than ever. ")

 

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SHOT OF SPOUSE HELPING PERSON

3 OUT OF CHAIR

SPOUSE (V.O.): (I.E. "I love her (him). In sickness and in health. What more can I say? ")

 

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SHOT OF LABORATORY TECHNICIANS AT WORK

CORRESPONDENT (V.O.): (While there is no cure for Parkinsonís Disease at this time, research is ongoing and our knowledge of this illness and its processes is constantly growing.)

 

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SHOT OF PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

PHYSICIAN (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "Itís important for doctors to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Our goal is rehabilitation, relearning of lost or diminished skills, and even the development of social contacts. The patientís goal should be the resumption of former activities. ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3 PUSHING THE BABYíS SWING

 

PERSON 3 (V.O.): (I.E. "Every day is a new beginning for me. I look forward to testing my limits and seeing just how much I can accomplish. Sometimes itís not very much, but sometimes itís wonderful! ")

 

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SHOT OF PERSON 3 AND SPOUSE SITTING ON COUCH

SPOUSE (ON CAMERA): (I.E. "No matter how tough things get, itís the little things that really matter. Being together, being able to be together, thatís what makes the difference. ")

 

 

INSERT HOST SEGUE:

(We may not always like the challenges that life hands us, but as this family has demonstrated, sometimes the most devastating experiences can bring loved ones closer. Iím not saying that itís enough, just that it helps. )

 

 

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