Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 16, 1974 · Page 7
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 16, 1974
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FDA Staff Physicians Criticize Procedures Northwert Arkanias TIMES, Friday, Aug. 16, 1974 FAVITTEVILLI, ARKAN1A5 ^^^^ Rates Vary Statewide Residential Electric Bills Up By 30 Per Cent WASHINGTON Food and Drug (AP) - The Administration frequently suppresses unfavorable reports on new drugs and disciplines those who - draft them, a group of FDA staff doctors has told a Senate panel. Eleven medical professionals lestilicd on Thursday, citing numerous instances in winch lltey said Iheir adverse reports- on drugs were overturned hy FDA officials: Some said lhat after making such reports, lltey were taken off the case and the drug assigned lo another doctor, who subsequently recommended its approval. . . . Six ot Ihe FDA slaft doctors said they were transferred to less important jobs and away from their field of expertise after speaking out against certain drugs procedures. or against FDA Their testimony, came before meeting of Senate a joint Judiciary subcommittees in an invest iga- ion ot the nation's pharmaceu- ical industry and the government agencies regulating it. jFirsi Lady Belly Ford packs jhoxes Thursday afternoon In Packing her Alexandria, Va., home in 'preparation tor the Ford's snove into lite Willie House nexl week. (AP and Labor-Welfare An KDA spokesman said Ihe agency had no immediate comment on Ihe allegations. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., chairman of Ihe hearings, said the 11 l r DA doctors were subpoenaed and did not appear voluntarily. He warned FDA officials against attempting lo take "any administrative action" against the employes because of their testimony. Dr. J. Marion Bryant, a cardiologist with lite FDA, said he was severely reprimanded by his bosses for speaking out on a drug he felt was "exceedingly dangerous." "I was harassed.... I was reprimanded for speaking out in such a fashion," Bryant testified. He also said he was transferred out of the agency's cardiology seelion after devoting more than 30 years ot his life to cardiology. "I was continually harassed in the way I was trying lo do my work," tcslified Dr. B. L, Applelon. "My superior at lhat time was going behind ray back and giving my findings to Hie LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A adjustment clause, APL's laltle Feedlot Inventory Down 23 Per CenS Over Year I By DON KENDALL ':,WASI I T NGTON (AP) i-- Feedlot slt-'**iics for July 'illustrate ;tlte massive grainfed heef indicate cutbacks production and some operators jttay wish they had-trimmed inventories even further, i- -As of Aug. 1, says the Agriculture Department, the. cattle tcecllot inventory in seVen major beef-producing states was ,7,007,000 head. That was down 23 per cent from Aug. 1 -lasl tycar. ·-Bnt the report, published at mild - week, also said 1,212.000 'new callle were replaced . in ·.'feeding pens during July, up 7 jper'cenl from July 1073: if ..The main reason, ot , . . . jSvas lltal many feedlots jliad Jbeen cleaned out of caltle during previous months whenj low ·market prices arid high 'feed 'pi-ices combined to bring wide ·spread losses to the industry, iln .Hay, Tor example, place- EtrVenls were down 30 · per 1 cent ffrom a year earlier and in June n* ' »: I Mass Transit Bill I Clears Hurdle tin House Yo(e · WASHINGTON (AP) T- Mass transit supporters liave cleared 'their most formidable hurdle by beating back House efforts to take out operating subsidies. They now face a fight on the amount of money to be authorized. · ·- -Attempts to delete operating Subsidies from the $20 'billion, Six-year bill were defeated on Thursday 202-107. ·· -Debate on the bill will re su'me on Monday, when Re .'publicans will try to Irim it to £11 billion and Democrats wil' try to hold lite line at S15.8 bil lion. " H o u s e Majority Leadci - Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., D Mass,, had warned that drop ping operating subsidies woul. have killed (be bill. Rep. Dale Milford, D-Tex., hey \yere down'49 per cent. Miii'kct prices of caltle f o r slaughter improved in July, av- e r a g i n g $41.81 per nun dredweight for steers at mid- west' markets, up $5.52 from Group Criticizes Administration Of 'Aging' Program LITTLE ROCK (AP) rectors of community Tune. Thai rise, coupled will sharply lower prices for feeder stock needed to rebuild - inventories, evidently was enough ,o pncoiirage many operators to restock pens. Prices of choice feeder cattle in the 600-to 700-pound range have dropped precipitously from peaks of near $70 a year ago to have that record level. " ' And USD A think those experts say they continue low -- P'- aclion agencies Thursday charged t h a t unnecessarily large amounts of the federal money reaching Arkansas, u n d e r the Older American Act were ea- teri up in administrative costs and were not reaching the elderly. The Arkansas Community Ac- lion Associalion,' which comprises the executive directors of the stale's 19 community action agencies, protested Arkansas' plan for handling federal funds at its monthly meeling here. for the remainder of 1'74. Thus, with lower feeder cattle costs and some rise in Hie daughter market, the July placements showed some operators thought they could make a profit over .the next few months. . w ... .FEED PRICES But meantime, since drought became more severe in UALR Plans Programs For Worklno Adults LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Dr. G Robert Ross, chancellor of lite University of Arkansas- Little Rock, said Thursday that some programs the UALH administration has under consideration for the future would ap- ed. peal lo employed adults who are expected to resume or embark anew on higher education. He said those persons are ex- pccled to make up a large number of UALR's student body in'the future. More than 1,300 applications for admission this fall already have been processed. Of that number,more than 1,000 a r e from people who are not high school graduates. UALR's enrollment has increased by 10 per cent each year for four years and a similar increase is expected this fall. Ross said that since UALR was the only state college with such a growth record, he would seek $20 million in construction unds for the next biennium. Among the potential programs that Ross reported on included: a resident center at North Little Rock, Saturday and Sunday courses, courses of- (drug company' sponsor" of the drug being reviewed. The FDA is charged with re- yie\ying and approving or rejecting all new products lhat pharmaceutical firms want lo market. Several of fhe witnesses said heir unfavorable reports on Irugs were later changed to re- lect a more favorable finding. Others tcslified they were pressured by FDA officials to change and modify their, recommendations to pave lite way .oward FDA approval of drugs they felt should not be market- spokosman for Arkansas Power Light Co. said today that electric bills had gone up 30 to 40 per cent for retail residential customers in central Arkansas for June 1974 over June 1973. But, he said, Ihe utility is get- ling none of lite extra money. The rise in rates for residential customers in other parls of Ihe stale would differ sligltlly from Ihose for cenlral Arkansas because of differing rale structures. Whatever the exact percentage, however, almost everyone's rales have significantly increased. Charles Sleel, Ihe director o! Public Affairs for APL, sai bills had gone up because o the fuel adjuslmcnt clause in Ihe utility's rale structure. The clause allows ulilily com panics io pass along to custom crs the price increases com panics experience in buying, energy. If the cost of energy to the company goes down, lion ever, the same clause require the utility lo pass the saving along lo customers. Sleel said the u t i l i t y had "IVe bad significant portions of some of my reviews le- Icled," said Dr. Carol Kennedy, a specialist on psychiatric drugs. She testified that she was transferred to a seelion that checked contact lenses after voicing her criticism ol FDA procedures. Sen. Jacob K. Javils, R-N.Y. ranking Republican on Ihe La hor perienced Iwo problems whic! caused consumer's rates to g up. First, he said, APSrL had Ira ditionally used nalural gas a its primary source of energy but "the.cost of natural gas ba gone up tremendously durin the past year." Secondly, also during Ihe pas year, natural gas supplies wer curlailed lo APL because o Ihe oil shortage; therefore Slee! said. "We had to subst .ute fuel oil in large quantilie lo make up for Ihe shortage natural gas." Natural gas was expcnsiv lie said, but fuel oil cost eve more. SlccI said since 1TO5. which the base-price year for Ihe f u fhe \Iidwest the corn crop has been trimmed far below earlier ex- peclalions and feed prices have ·isen again. That will put a fur- her crunch on whatever recov- ;ry cattle feedlot operators an- icipaled. There is risk of distortion in taking the USDA report at face value, at least the part showing July placements being up 7 per cent from July last year. For one thing, feedlot cattle placements were declining a y e a r ago. In July 1073, feedlot catlle placements were down 11 per cent from the same month in 1072, and down 5 per cent in August. Therefore, the 7 per cent increase last month from a year earlier related to the sharply reduced level of placements in It voted to request a review of the plan by the state Office on Aging "with a view toward getting the'. money to the old people for whom it was intended." T h e 'community action agencies have been among Ihe early administrators o f ' pro grams for the aged and believe they are being squeezed out un said and Welfare Commiltcc he was "deeply shockei and troubled" by what he called "these very, very serious charges being made by profes sionals in sworn testimony." EXPERT WATCH REPAIR SWIFTS n North WfM* SI. ergy buying costs had varied om year to year . In recent years, however, e have had to recover cost, incases from our cuslomers," said. With natural gas practically lavailablc, the utilily turned fuel oil, Sleel said. He said e utility uses mostly No. 6 el oil because it is cheaper an other kinds. By character, however, it is a cnse oil. "To keep costs down," Steel aid. "we are striving lo use o. 6 fuel oil al all our plants, ut when possible, we are get- ng the lowest sulphur oil we an buy." 2 fuel oil has a low sul- hur content, although il is lore expensive. "At the Lynch plant in North ,itlle Rock we burn No. 2 fuel i] because it has less of a pol j t i o n factor. It's more ex .icnsive because it's refined norc and it costs more lo get il o that poinl," Sleel said. Because it has less sulphur o. 2 fuel oil gives off fewe particulatcs when used in coal Hinting planls. h e said. Par iculales are unburned cartons fly ash, that are release! nto the air through smoke slacks. ' Steel said APIVs energy- uying costs had almost doubled for the month of June 1974 iver Ihe month of Juno 1973. For nalural gas in June 1973, steel said APL paid $2 million or a cosl of 36.85 cents per million British thermal u n i t I BTU) il was able lo produce rom the natural gas. For the same month, fuel oil cost APL $1.66 million for a cost of 68.01 cents per million 3TUs produced from the fuel ill by the utility. The cost to AP Lfor the month of June 1973 for energy vas S3.66 million, and the average per million BTUs was 46.5 Steel said 733,000 megawatt hours of electricity were consumed hy APL's customers in J u n e , o f 1973. Consumption fell to 672,000 in June of 1974, but he said bills still were higher because the energy had cost the utility significantly more for that month lltan in the same month Ihe previous year. hi June 1974, Steel said APL bought $1.79 million worth of natural gas for a cost of 40.12 cents per million BTUs produced from the gas. Tha TIMES Is On Top of Tho Newi Seven Days a We etc! Fayettevilie Business College Proudly Announces the Affiliation of Ora Lee Boss Broker, Gallery of Homes Proven, Successful, Sales Method REAL ESTATE CLASSES Begin Tuesday, August 20th Fayettevilie Business College 221 South Locust, Fayclteville -- Phone 442-2241 £ Licensed by Arkansas Department of Education ? ~*flr-+~*r-~Ar-~*b~~+flt~ fered ,for credit newspapers an through . the educalional television production studio, a recreation center, admission of persons 60 or older to classes tuition-free and an opera involving life-sized puppets. der the state plan. That plan distributes July 1973. Looking ahead USDA larger lion's economists proportion beef will cattle now being a few months, Ihe still think a of the na- comc from pastured or Who had sponsored, the amcnrl- inent, said operating subsidies tonslilutcd a "big city rip-off." i The mostly Republican opponents of the subsidies said they would be wasted because local transit systems would have no incentive lo keep cosls down. ', 'Rp. LaMar Baker, R-Tenn., called il a "big city, big union bill" which r u r a l congressmen shouldn't support. ;'Bnl supporters said the big pity congressmen had gone along with subsidies on agricultural commodities for years. They said r u r a l members must realize mass transil is a natinn- aj'necd. not a handout tor spe- 'cial cases. ;· As a trade-offer keeping the _bill free of restrictions on the \ise of operating subsidies ·Democrats did not fight a mo lion by Rep. Don. H. Clausen. H-Calif lo rediide from one one-third the fedora f e d reduced g r a i n rations. They say there is no sign lhal he feedlot business is out of .he woods and soon will return o its former role of producing liglt-grade beef from grain fat- cned animals. High cash prices for wheat and prospccls those might rise further have put, a big dent in :he' government's price, support loan operation.- As of July 31, fhe Agriculture Department says, farmers had a net of less than 13.8 million bushels of new-crop wheat under government loan, compared with more than 29.5 million bushels on Ihe same dale last year: The figures were not a stir- been back on 1974 wheat deliveries in anli- siate's share among the eight planning and. development districts which parcel it out local- The community action directors also said tbey thought Ihe Head Start program is threatened by a proposal for coorcli- naled early childhood programs lhat has been broached by Ihe slate Education Department's Office of Early Childhood Planning. They said they feared Ihe proposal was an effort lo take Head Start funds from the local anti-poverty agencies and mix it with other early childhood funds under a state agency. Wallace Smith of Rogers, executive director of Ihe Office of Human Concern, said the group should ask Ihe Office on Aging to prepare figures on Ihe administrative costs of the aging programs over the stale and make Ihem public. According to Smith, the state gels $108,791) for administration out of Ihe $1.1 million reaching Arkansas under Title III of the Older American Act. He said he Ihought another $127,000 went to the University of Arkansas for a "needs assessment." Ray Scott, the acting director of Ihe Office on Agir/g, will speak lo Ihe CAA directors lo- day. Slate's Industrial Inquiries Decrease LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Officials of fhe Arkansas Industrial Development Commission said Thursday t h a t t h e decreasing number dustries ILL/VRD'S Heavenly Comfort, All Night Long! of out-of-state in- seeking information about Arkansas was lion of the nationa slowdown. The AIDC received only four telephone calls from prospective ficials said. Normally. AIDC receives four calls - from out-of-state dustries per day. Joe Dildy, the director ot the state Industrial Department, told missioners Thursday had been Irying lo bring in in- duslry f r o m New York. He said he had spent a'week in New York talking to various industry executives and that he had sent 175 letters to New York corporations ranging from large insurance compan' International Telephone Telegraph Co. New York Life Insurance Co. may be considering Arkansas as Ihe site of a regional collcc- lion center, Dildy said. prise since farmers had reported earlier holding cipation of higher prices. The loan rate this year is a national average of $1.37 per bushel, while cash markets al _many country points have been in the $3.50 to $·! range. Price support loans, however, can be paid off and, the grain h-llf to One-third Ine 'CCICrn tail ue |jaiu un aim, UIB K'1111 share of operating subsidies-Si redeemed by farmers if they In federal moncv to $2 of local .choose to sell on the cash mar- froney It passed by voice vote. '-"' ·' -- "" "" '-""· : LOS ANGELKS (AP) - The I.os Angeles Kings sold left Xvingcr Bill Lesnk, a six-year National Hockey League veter- L an, to the Washington Capitols ^Thursday. I.esuk, who came lo the Kings three seasons ago from Tliiladelphia, was used mainly as a utility forward last season. · PANAMA CITY, Panama "(AP) -- The World Boxing As- "sbciation has a new chairman, Panamanian Elias Cordoba, [elected today unanimously bj .thr- organization's annual con- 'venlion being held here. if prices go up later. Another effect of the summer Iroiight on consumers: Less loney and al higher prices next winter for toast and. hot bis- Youngster Gels Atomic Powered Pacemaker LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The University of Arkansas Medical Center reported Thursday implementing an alomic-powercc pacemaker into Larry Wiley, 10, of Atkins, who was born with a subnormal heartbeat. Wiley may be the youngest heart patient to receive the device, the center said. The center said Bobbi Norman, clinical research associ- Rocks Stolen Theft of newspaper racks 'rom the Chief Motel were reported lo police by a newspaper delivery woman early .oday. Patrolman Gerald Bradley said lhat chains securing the racks had been cut. ate Medtronic Industries The Agriculture Department says in a monthly Viiney Market News bulletin lhat hoi, dry weather in July is expected to reduce produclion in many states. As a result, the report showed, honey prices at the farm rose above the 45-cent per pound record set in the lasl half of 1973. 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