Quincy, M.E.

Season 8 Episode 3

Give Me Your Weak

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1982 on NBC
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A young man with a rare neurological disease commits suicide after he is no longer able to care for himself as a result of the discontinuance of a drug that treated his disorder. This outrage inspires Quincy to help a group of influential doctors and patients organize to persuade Congress to pass Orphan Drug legislation that will help ensure they get the medication they need.

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  • This episode was about a young woman who suffered with a rare neurological disease called Myoclonus. It was a real-life story, and portrayed the difficulties that someone with a rare disease must face on a daily basis.moreless

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    This episode allowed a rare glimpse into the life of a patient requiring treatment for a rare disease, and the fight to get a legislative solution to the problem of orphan drugs.



    While this episode promoted public knowledge of a little-known problem, it was actually a follow-up to an episode that had previously aired. More than a year before, Jack Klugman had done an episode about another rare disease and the struggle to obtain the drugs with which to treat it.



    By airing this episode at the appropriate time, Klugman forced the United States Senate to pass legislation for Orphan Drugs.moreless
Anita Gillette

Anita Gillette

Dr. Emily Hanover (1982-1983)

John Nolan

John Nolan

John, Danny's Bartender

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman

Dr. Quincy

Val Bisoglio

Val Bisoglio

Danny Tovo

James A. Watson Jr.

James A. Watson Jr.

District Attorney Jim Barnes

Robert Ito

Robert Ito

Sam Fujiyama

Simon Oakland

Simon Oakland

Senator Reeves

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Robert Ginty

Robert Ginty

Brian Marinoff

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Paul Clemens

Paul Clemens

Tony

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Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine

Dr. Clotti

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Martin Rudy

Martin Rudy

Pagorino

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    • Jack Klugman played a highly influential role in the passage of United States Orphan Drug Act of 1983.  His brother, Maurice Klugman, who was also an associate producer of the series, suffered from a rare form of cancer and became interested in the problem of orphan drugs and legislation that was being introduced in Congress.  Maurice co-wrote the season 6 episode "Seldom Silent, Never Heard" in an attempt to bring  wider attention to the issue.  Not long after the episode aired, Maurice died and Jack Klugman was invited to give testimony to Congress in support of the legislation.  However, the legislation did not pass for political reasons.


      Outraged by this turn of events, Jack Klugman had another episode written during season 8, entitled "Give Me Your Weak" which dealt with the politics that caused the legislation to stall.  The response to this episode helped revive the Orphan Drug legislation, and it was ultimately passed in 1983.

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