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A-4World, From Page A-1 Till: CINCINNATI I.NQI IRI R Wednesday, September 25, 1991 TC Yeltsin arranges cease-fire deal Ji -"3 - J V y... k& m V' ; v ' PLO goes along with talks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALGIERS, Algeria PLO lead- ers reluctantly endorsed a pro-. posed Middle East peace conference Tuesday. But hard-liners attending a Palestinian conference urged Chair-) man Yasser Arafat to reconsider. ' Nayef Hawatmeh, a hard-line guerrilla leader who has threatened a walkout if the Palestine National Council approves of talks j with Israel, said his fighters will battle on no matter the decision. "No, no, no to the American-Israeli formula!" he said. Hawatmeh and others led impassioned debate after release of the PLO leadership's statement, 1 read by Farouk Kaddoumi, the-PLO foreign minister. The statement advised dele-' gates that the PLO has no option but to endorse the conference co- -sponsored by the United States and the Soviet Union even' though it resents the conditions. Virtually all delegates consider political guarantees that U.S. Secretary of State James Baker offered to be woefully inadequate. Yeltsin to take leave from work THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin will take a leave from work that could last two weeks, Soviet media reported Tuesday. The reports renewed speculation about the reasons for recent changes in the 60-year-old Yeltsin's schedule. With the absence of official word from Yeltsin, the reasons circulating in rumor mills range from Yeltsin's fatigue to his reluctance to face criticism about decrees he has issued during and since the failed Aug. 18-21 coup. Belgian nationals arrive in Zimbabwe on a chartered plane Tuesday after escaping the violence in Zaire. Up to 19 people have been killed in fighting in the former Belgian colony. France on guard amid Zaire mutiny the violence had spread from Kinshasa, the capital, to the mining centers Kolwezi and Lubumbashi, in southeastern Zaire, and Kisangani, in northern Zaire. French, Belgian and other foreign nationals were gathering at embassies to await evacuation from the former Belgian colony. The airport has been seized by French paratroopers. would clamp a state of emergency on Tbilisi today and he vowed to oust hundreds of armed opponents who have occupied the republic's broadcasting studios since Sunday. Committee blasts rising prescription drug costs i ' ' f The Associated PressSarah Jane Poole About 3,000 Zairean paratroopers went on a rampage Monday in the capital, closing the airport and Congo River port and looting stores. Diplomats said the paratroopers were angry because they hadn't been paid for months. In Paris, the Foreign Ministry said France sent 450 paratroopers to protect the Kinshasa airport and French Embassy. the problem than there used to be," Hayes said. "It's also the fact that there are some sources of assistance, like the crisis shelters, along with more general awareness in the media, such as movies and documentaries." Allen also cited the influence of popular films. "Thelma and Louis and Sleeping with the Enemy were the first movies I've seen that show women fighting back," she said. "It's about time men saw women not running away and trembling. Not all women are defenseless. There are some who fight back. I show that to my son," she said. The Women Helping Women crisis center in Cincinnati reports that more than 1,341 services have been provided to sexual-assault victims in Cincinnati since January, and 3,725 services have been provided in Northern Kentucky, Welch said. The number of victims served is members, promising only to investigate creative financing options to raise money for the system. "There's no reason why we can't all work together to achieve the goals of the community; all we've got to work on is the formula," Keating said. After opening remarks from business leaders, several school board members and master of ceremonies Steve Reece, who oms Integrity Hall, the audience was given about an hour to question the panelists. Some asked why black business owners weren't invited to join the CBC in completing the final report, because blacks comprise 62 of Cincinnati Public School students. "Sensitivity is critical. It seems THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRAZZAVILLE, Congo French troops seized positions in Zaire's capital Tuesday to protect foreigners from mutinous Zairean soldiers as violence reportedly spread to other cities. Up to 19 people were reported killed in two days of fighting. Belgian reports Tuesday said "If you try to hold down hospital costs, they just squoosh out elsewhere," he said. But he said he hears stories of senior citizens who spend $100 to $200 a month on prescriptions they can't really afford. Medicare, unlike insurance that covers people younger than 65, does not pay for prescription drugs, and seniors buy 32 of them. "They don't take their medica-. tions and they stretch them out to stretch out the cost," he said. "Or they quit taking them earlier than they should that way they can save them for when they feel lousy again. And because they can't afford preventive medication, then they wind up in the hospital." Medicare will cover that. The impact of the rising prices is less apparent to people in traditional employer-based insurance programs, many of whom pay a co-payment of a few dollars and not the full price. The insurance companies are developing ways to cut their own reimbursement costs. ChoiceCare, the area's largest health maintenance organization, requires cheaper generic drugs unless the brand name is the best option; many employer groups that use Community Mutual Blue Cross & Blue Shield are choosing the same method to hold down costs. Both companies are developing a list of drugs that are just as effective as their more expensive cousins but which cost less and will encourage doctors to prescribe those. The Associated Press contributed to this report. BY ELIZABETH NEUS The Cincinnati Enquirer Anyone who has ever walked into a pharmacy and walked out with a full bottle of pills and a lighter wallet knows the price of prescription drugs is rising. The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging took note of that Tuesday, and said that those prices went up 152 in the last decade, three times faster than the inflation rate. The committee report also said that the prescription drug industry spends $1 billion more for marketing and advertising in a year than it , does on research. This year, the industry will spend $9 billion on research and $10 billion on marketing, the report said. "The findings of this report point to an industry whose despicable behavior can be characterized as nothing short of repulsive," said Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., the committee chairman. He called for limits on the industry's use of tax breaks by linking them to price increases, and for a possible cap on drug prices. But Fred Lyons Jr., president of Marion Merrell Dow Inc., said that drug costs accounted for only 6 of health-care expenditures, and charged that the committee was not seeing the entire picture. "It's a distortion of reality for political purposes," he said while in Cincinnati on Tuesday. "They're playing with statistics." Greg French, the executive director of Pro-Seniors Inc. in Cincinnati, doubted that trying to toe the line on one area of health-care expenditures would bring down the entire cost. much higher than the number of officially recorded rapes because so many victims do not report the crimes, Welch said. For example, in Cincinnati, 174 rapes were reported to police in the first five months of this year. : The total number of rapes reported to Cincinnati police in 1990 was 388; in 1989, 351; and in 1988, 296. Welch said national studies indicate that one woman out of every four will be sexually assaulted sometime during her lifetime. Also, one out of three girls and one out of seven boys are assaulted by the time they are age 13, she said. Linda Mullins of Wilder, Ky., said she marched "because it was worth doing for the future." "I hope that some day we will be able to walk the streets without being afraid," she said. "I marched because I want to be able to be in my home without being afraid." that you would want tq include black CEOs as well," said Morris Williams, owner of Personal Expressions, a merchandising irm in Mount Airy. Others asked why the school officials were rushing to carry out the Buenger Commission suggestions. "Why are you moving so quickly to implement their recommendations without input from the community?" asked Herb Smith of Walnut Hills. Brandt said immediate improvements were necessary to improve public confidence and bolster chances of passing a 9.83-mill levy in November. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW Boris Yeltsin scored a diplomatic coup Tuesday by arranging a cease-fire between warring factions in Armenia and Azerbaijan. But strife raged in Central Asia, and Georgia's leader ordered a state of emergency in the Georgian capital. Yeltsin and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev negotiated at least a temporary end to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has claimed 800 lives and driven tens of thousands from their homes since 1988. Nagorno-Karabakh is a mostly Christian Armenian enclave inside Muslim Azerbaijan. The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict dates back centuries, but has flared since 1988. The settling of the dispute was a diplomatic breakthrough that had eluded President Mikhail Gorbachev for years and was evidence of how political power and credibility have shifted to Yeltsin and the republics since the Russian federation leader helped defeat the Aug. 18-21 coup. Georgian President Zviad Gam-sakhurdia, meanwhile, said he Medicine shriveling incomes Check strategies to lower expenses BY SUE MacDONALD The Cincinnati Enquirer No government committee has to tell Martha Meyer about the high cost of prescription drugs. Before Medicaid recently started paying for some of her husband's prescriptions, "we were spending maybe $250 to $300 a month just on medicine," the 70-year-old Elsmere woman said. Meyer's husband, "Red," 68, is . disabled by a rare nerve disorder and requires several prescription drugs. She has several prescriptions filled each month for high blood pressure, sinus problems and other ailments. Drugs not covered Their monthly Social Security income is about $700. Their Medicare policy does not cover prescription drugs. It's not uncommon for the Meyers to pay $30 to $40 or more for a prescription; rarely does a prescription cost less than $20, she said. "How are people supposed to pay bills and still put out that kind of money for medicine?" she asked. Consumer advocates recommend comparison shopping and awareness to cut down on prescription drug costs. "Communication between the doctor and the patient, and between the pharmacist and the patient, is the most important thing," said Dick Haughaboo, pharmacy director at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North. Options to lower costs His advice: Shop around. Prices and service vary from store to store, chain to chain. Ask your doctor or the pharmacist if there's a generic equivalent of the drug. Generics generally cost less than brand-name drugs. Unless the doctor stipulates otherwise on the prescription, pharmacists can usually substitute a generic drug if you request it. Let the pharmacist know if you're retired or on a fixed income. Some stores give retirees and others a discount. Review prescriptions If you're on a fixed income, ask for enough medicine to last until the next check arrives. Periodically review with your doctor the medicines you take. Can some be discontinued? Are less-expensive brands or over-the-counter brands available? If you're seeing more than one doctor or specialist, make sure one of them is coordinating your prescription drugs. Doing so may lessen the overall cost and reduce the possibility of negative side effects, drug reactions and overme- dication. THE SECRET IS OUT OF THE BAGI Night CONTINUED FROM PAGE A-1 "I am but one of 39 judges, and all of us in all the courts see what's happening when society breaks down. Violence and sexual abuse occur not only between strangers, but in families. . . . "It's up to mothers and fathers to raise men that don't see women as victims," she said. The vigil occurs in the wake of a series of rapes in Clifton and the recent alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by a Covington police officer. In Clifton, police are still searching for two rapists who, in separate incidents, committed a total of seven rapes, one attempted rape and several burglaries in the gaslight area. Reports of domestic violence and sexual assaults have climbed steadily over the years, said Mar-lene Hayes of the Northern Kentucky National Organization for Women. "There is more discussion of Schools CONTINUED FROM PAGE A-1 Cincinnati school administration works to put the report recommendations in place. "I'm very confident that the input and expertise of the entire community will be used in the implementation" of the Buenger recommendations, said Superintendent J. Michael Brandt. Hibbard and William Keating, publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer and another Buenger Commission member, also tentatively agreed to meet with black leaders in future CBC deliberations. 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