Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 4
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 4

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 17, 1975
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PRESS-TEIEGHAM {PM) , fit. }KL IT, im .. CLAIMS 15 KILLED BY t. Ralph Nader researchers : said Thursday two drugs -being distributed at .the · ratp of 12 million nre- -Scripticns a year have I-killed 15 persons and paused hundreds of thou; Sands more to suffer un- · jiecessary illnesses. :ihe Health Research :Jroup told the Food and ;lrug Administration it ·^fiould restrict use of the "·drugs -- elindamycin and ;liiicomycin -- so doctors will not routinely prescribe them for such things as acne and the common cold. "The overprescribing of elindamycin and llncomy- cin is probably costing the American pupiic more than 1100 million a year, causing colitis in hundreds of thousands, and killing unknown* numbers of patients," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the group which is associated with Nader. The Upjohn Co. said it continues to believe the drugs are an "effective agent for treating a variety of infections," and it feels it has adequately and conscientiously kept doctors and the government informed about possible side effects. It also challenged some of Wolfe's figures, saying valid data does not exist for his claim that 400,000 cases of colitis may result, and said there was no way of knowing from available data whether the drugs were really being prescribed needlessly. Wolfe said information leaked to him from FDA files showed elindamycin -- in use since about 1968 -- was linked to 15 deaths among patients .who suffered bloody; colitis after lading ii. ouiius IB an inflammation of the lower intestinal track which in its severe form in the cases reported, Wolfe said, causey loss of blood, fluid and shock, In addition, he said there are indications other deaths have been attributed to lincomycin, and the death toll from elindamycin may also be under-reported., j '"TIM ruA saia its files show there have been 14 deaths -- nine associated with ciindamycin and five --ij.u . i:«« AM ..^ A ; M W«UA n.ixii; -iuilviiijlui. - iiuui,, however,- said he 'had. later figures and an FDA spokesman said it was possible there may be some fatalities the agency is unaware of. The FDA also said some of the deaths were among patients who had undergone surgery, some with portions of lungs removed and one who had open heart surgery. It also said a warning was added to the instruction sheet for the two drugs last August advising of Dpssible c-outis as a side affect i ; ?1 The Senate has scheduled hearings on the two antibiotics later this month. · · · - ' ·;,· :In supplying drugs Nursing home kickbacks told ^-WASHINGTON (UPI) 'Druggists have been mak: ing kickback payments ·^snA gifts to nursing Jxflnes on a widespread Jasis for the privilege of Supplying drugs for elderly patients, a Senate com- 1 mittee on aging said .Thursday. In a report, the committee also charged that other drug-related abuses ·jiCnursing homes include Client addicts, question;-able drug experiments on ·IhJ aged, tranquilizing of .'patients to make staff :*Serk easier, and danger- · IHJS dosage errors in per- · liaps as many as 40 per cent of the drugs given to patients. "In short, an ugly pattern of prescription drug misuse, with harsh consequences to patients, exists in many nursing homes of the United States," said the third in an unusual series of reports on the f a s t - g r o w i n g n u r s i n g home industry issued by the Senate panel. The previous reports charged federal failure to oversee nursing homes and said that half the homes have one or more l i f e - t h r e a t e n i n g conditions. The new report deals with drugs. The kickback practice was described as a system in which pharmacists are forced to give a certain percentage of the price of nursing home prescription drugs back to the home's operator for the privilege of providing the drugs. "Kickbacks are- widespread," the 317-page report alleged. It said the kickbacks sometimes involved cash -- one example cited involved eight $50 bills in an envelope hand-delivered every month -- and sometimes credit or drugs and supplies provided free of charge. The kickbacks also include gifts of color panel quits in protest ^-WASHINGTON (AP) - '· Air independent panel set ;uj£by the Federal Avia- · iion Administration to ijnake recommendations t(5 improve air safety has .resigned after its authority; was cut back by the Department of Transportation, the FAA confirmed Thursday. FAA A d m i n i s t r a t o r Alexander Butterfield formed the panel after a House investigations subcommittee accused the Optometrist accused defrauding patients United Press International ;"The state filed suit -a'gainst a Pasadena op- lometrist T h u r s d a y , Tharging him with prescribing glasses to per- "sphs who didn't need them nd telling them they ·would go blind unless they ijpught the glasses. Atty. Gen. Evelle J. ;Vounger said in Los An- ·gsles that as many as 500 Jbr-more former patients liiay have been victimized ·by the alleged fraudulent practices of Dr. William 3-.JJnden. The suit, filed on behalf of Lawrence D. Price, executive officer of the Board of Optometry, seeks an injunction against alleged u n f a i r business practices and misleading statements, restitution of money paid by the patients and a $2,500 civil penalty for each alleged offense. The attorney general said his office had received 75 complaints against Linden. FAA of failing to exercise leadership in air safety. The subcommittee made 29 recommendations and Butterfield said the FAA would study those suggestions. The panel resigned last week after Department of Transportation Secretary Claude Brinegar informed the group it could not make any recommendations on policy, procedure or organization of the FAA. Brinegar and Butterfield have been at odds for some time. There have been several published reports that Brinegar tried to fire Butterfield after President Ford accepted Brinegar's resignation. The head of the independent panel, former Montana congressman Richard Shoup, confirmed that the three-man panel had resigned after Brinegar tried to cut back its authority. television sets, boats, prepaid vacations in Hawaii or free use of beach homes and ski cabins. "Pharmacists claim they are unwilling partners -- that they are the victims of extortion," the report said. "Nursing home operators allege that the discounts are voluntarily given by the pharmacists." Whatever the case, the report said druggists find ways, often unethically, of passing on some of the kickback costs to taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid and to their private paying customers. The report urged that nursing homes make strong and immediate improvements in their drug distribution systems. It said nursing homes should be eliminated as "middlemen" between the drug store and the source of payment, which may be the patient, state welfare department or federal government. 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