Interview: FDA Comes Out Against Aspirin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday questioned the value of taking aspirin to try to ward off a first heart attack or stroke in people who have never had cardiovascular problems. The FDA’s statement follows its decision last week to turn down a request by German drugmaker Bayer AG to change the labeling on packages in order to market aspirin’s value in preventing heart attacks in people who have never had cardiovascular disease. The agency’s deputy director for clinical science said in an FDA “consumer update” that people should use daily aspirin therapy only after talking to a healthcare professional who can assess the benefits and risks.

AM 820 News anchor Robert Pankau spoke to ABC News correspondent Scott Goldberg.