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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Husband off to work Mrs. Betty Ford waves goodbye to President Ford as he leaves his Alexandria home Tuesday morning on his way to'the White House. Portable oxygen units face tougher controls By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal health department is propos- ing new, tough regulations un- der the Food and Drugs Act to control the sale in Canada of portable oxygen administra- tion units used by heart patients and others in medical need of oxygen away from hospital. The proposed regulations, designed to prevent the sale of many portable oxygen units the government feels are not suitable lor medical or emergency use, will also per- mit speedier recall of portable oxygen units found to be ac- tual health hazards, according to health department officials. At present, Ottawa can only take steps against those which are considered to be health hazards, by using general sec- tions ot the Food and Drugs Act This is more cumber- some than taking action by way of regulations, depart- ment officials exlamed yester- day The proposed regulations would require that any por- table medical oxygen unit deliver at least a constant flow of 6 litres of oxygen per minute for a minimum of 15 minutes. Dr. R. W. Campbell, chief of the medical devices division of the health protection branch, said that most often the portable oxygen units are intended to provide the user with sufficient oxygen in an emergency until professional medical help, and perhaps a larger supply of oxygen can reach the patient. The units normally consist of a small bottle of pressuriz- ed oxygen, with a valve and nosemouth piece. They are sold in sports stores as well as drug stores. The minimum supply and flow rate stipulated in the pro- posed regulations is con- sidered to be the minimum for a portable oxygen unit to give the user enough oxygen to be any help in an emergency, Dr. Campbell said. Earlier this year, a British- made portable oxygen inhaler was ordered withdrawn from the Canadian market when it was discovered the "Sparklets Oxynhaler" only provided 30 seconds of therapeutic ox- considered "grossly in- No special report on B.C. roadblock VICTORIA (CP) At- torney General Alex MacDonald said Tuesday he will ask to see routine RCMP reports on a roadblock set up Sunday on the Bonaparte In- dian Reserve at Cache Creek in British Columbia's Cariboo. But he said he will not seek any special report on police handling of the incident. RCMP Superintendent Gordon Dalton. officer in charge of the Karnloops sub- division which dealt with the roadblock, said RCMP did not back away from enforcing the law in the case, but tried to avoid injury while clearing the road. Len Marchand, the Indian MP for Kamloops-Cariboo, suggested in Ottawa Tuesday that outsiders have been responsible for such Indian disturbances in Canada. Canadian Indians by and large do not condone such tac- tics, he said. Mr. Marchand said the government realizes there are problems related to the financing of Indian housing, the apparent cause of the Bonaparte incident, and is working to produce a new policy that will permit better use of housing money now available to reserves. adequate" and a health hazard. Dr. Campbell said that the experience with the "Sparklets Oxynhaler" con- vinced the health department new, tough regulations were needed to control the devices in Canada. The proposed regulations would require that all units in- clude a content indicator and a mask or other means of administering the oxygen to a patient. They would require war- nings on the portable oxygen container, saying that: use of high concentrations of oxygen may be harmful; not attempt to use on patients who have stopped breathing, unless used in con- junction with resuscitative equipment; out of reach of chil- dren; And contents can vigorously accelerate com- bustion. Keep free from oil and grease. Do not use or store near heat or open flame and use only with equipment designed for oxygen service. The portable oxygen con- tainers will also have to have listed on a label the name of the device, name and address of manufacturer and dis- tributor, lot number and ade- quate directions for use. And since oxygen is consid- ered to be a drug, the oxygen containers will be subject to further labelling re- quirements of drugs. Anarchy sweeps Zambezia BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) The Portuguese high com- mand acknowledged Tuesday in a communique that "a wave of violence and anarchy" has swept parts of Zambezia province in the last few days. Troops were ordered into troubled areas to quell "serious incidents" in Nam- pula and Mozambique Island districts, the communique said. There was no official count of dead or injured, but the communique acknowledged that homes and business premises had been damaged and destroyed and other property attacked. Armed mobs, understood to include guerrillas, army deserters and unemployed drifters, were held responsible. Zambezia province is Mozambique's richest farm- ing area. Truck, car prices higher OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) A spokesman for General Motors of Canada announced Tuesday that the price for GM cars and trucks will increase by an unspecified amount when 1975 models go on sale in September. General Motors in Detroit has announced that its 1975- model cars and trucks in the United States will increase in cost by an average of in September. The new U.S. prices will re- flect a increase for emis- sion control equipment and a or seven-per-cent increase, to cover rising costs. Desk Lamp For The Hard Working Student Desk lamp, complete with 40 watt hi-intensity bulb has shade, 11" gooseneck Steel base. In colours Black, Red, Orange. 8 66 each Wednesday, August 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 HERE S MORE OF OUR 500 BEST BUYS Desk Lamps For Students Adjustable Continental style Metal desk accent lamp. With bulb. In Black, Tangerine Gold colours. 19 97 each Hi-Intensity Desk Lamp Comes with Chrome brim and arm. Bulb included. Black, Avocado Gold colours. 97 each Stylish Desk Lamp This hi-intensity desk lamp combines both quality and style. Has chrome arm. Bulb in- cluded. Black colour only. 12 97 each Fluorescent Desk Lamp Single Fluorescent desk lamp has Chrome arm. Bulb is included. Available in Beige colour only. each Pedestal Desk This desk stands 40" x 24 Has 1 letter drawer 1 box drawer on right side. In colours. 104 4 Drawer Legal Size Cabinet DEPARTMENT STORES nN m iv, wnniwoHii' to m> Letter Size File Cabinet 4-drawer letter size file cabinet. Constructed of sturdy Steel. Stands 14 Wide x High x 18" Deep. Available in Sand colour only. Sturdy Steel legal size file. 4 drawers. 17 Wide x 52V4" High x 18" Deep. College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each' IOT WITH CONFIDENCE SATISFACTION GUARANTEED flEIUIMIIT DM MONEY RratD ;