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VA'S BROWN PLEDGES QUICK ACTION ON REVIEW OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE RESEARCH RECORDS

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Jesse Brown announced that VA will immediately look into nuclear medicine research conducted at VA facilities in the '40s and '50s.
 Said Brown: "We are collecting the records of clinical research conducted at VA hospitals which utilized nuclear medicine. In order to be certain that the research was properly conducted, I have ordered an immediate review of the circumstances surrounding this research at VA facilities."
 Brown stated that VA will cooperate fully with all interested agencies and members of Congress. "We plan to leave no stone unturned in our review of this research," said Brown. "If we find that veterans were subjected to improper research, that would be morally and ethically unacceptable to me. We are going to look at all the facts and, if we determine that VA was engaged in any inappropriate research, we will disclose that finding to the American people, notify veterans involved and take appropriate action," he added.
 VA is working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. This cooperative effort will allow the VA to expedite its review of records that may contain information on nuclear medicine research.
 In addition, VA is asking the veterans service organization to help the department raise awareness in the veteran community. "Veterans who are concerned should call VA's national toll-free number: 1-800-827-1000 -- and their cases will be promptly investigated by VA personnel," Brown added.
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 /CONTACT: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Affairs, 202-535-8300/


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