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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, August LETHBRIDQE Arthritis drug branded dangerous OlfAWA (CP) Federal health officials are concerned that hundreds of arthritic patients around the country are using an unauthorized drug mixture that can cause serious adverse side effects. ALthough court actions are proceeding against the owners and employees of a Montreal clinic that dispensed the drug, the names of most of the clinic's Canadian patients are unknown to health protection branch officials. The drug mixture is called Leifcort and contains an anti- inflammatory agent known as prednisone, a federally- authorized drug with many potential adverse side effects which doctors generally prescribe only for severe arthritic cases. Leifcort has been sold to hundreds of patients from the clinic owned by Ursula Leif- mann de Luca, who has plead- ed guilty to selling the authorized drug and faces fines on each of 15 separate charges under the Food and Drugs Act when she appears for sentencing Sept. 20. A health department spokesman said the potential dangers from prolonged use of the drug mixture should be known to the patients, many of whom apparently have one- year supplies of the drug. The spokesman said the so-called secret prepared in a basement laboratory of the clinic. The health protec- tion branch, which won a con- viction against the clinic in 1969, received no application from the clinic to have the drug authorized, as required by law. Some samples of the drug mixture were found to contain diethylstilbestrol a growth hormone which some doctors say may cause cancer, the spokesman said. Two employees of the clinic, Dr. Robert Vachon and Dr. Y. H. Wuidart, also face charges under food and drug regulations. Medical texts also list several disorders of the gas- trointestinal tract, skin, brain and metabolism as possible side effects of prednisone. Postal machine operators to get raise New regional conference established by church DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-O821 232 12c STREET NORTH Watches school burn Canadian soldier of the United Nations peace force watches Greek school burn in the distance Friday in Nicosia. The school was set on fire by Turkish Gyp- riots along the "Green Line" dividing Greek and Turk- ish' sectors. Broadbent to tour West OTTAWA (CP) Ed Broadbent, parliamentary leader of the New Democratic Party, will confer with NDP premiers on a Western Canada tour next week, dis- cussing federal-provincial issues likely to arise in the fall session of Parliament. Mr. Broadbent, named to the spe- cial leadership post following the defeat in the July 8 elec- tion of party leader David Lewis, will also attend the British Columbia NDP convention in Kamloops, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. OTTAWA (CP) Postal workers who sort mail by cod- ing machine are to get a pay increase of 29 to 30 cents an hour, the treasury board said Friday. The increase narrows the pay difference between the machine operators and those who sort by hand from about 54 cents an hour to about 23 cents. A spokesman for the treasury board said the department approved the increase Aug. 6, acting on a decision reached earlier by mediator Eric Taylor and representatives of the post of- fice and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers The pay difference between coders and hand sorters was a main issue behind an April postal strike. According to the decision, the 96 coders in Ottawa and Winnipeg are to get a pay increase from an hour to at minimum rate, and from to at max- imum rate, retroactive to May 17. In addition, the workers are paid a bonus granted to all public service employees April 1 by former treasury board president C.M. bonus of about 25 cents an hour. The national vice-president of CUPW, Jean-Claude Parrot, said the union is still not satisfied with the increase. The union, he said, wants the responsibilities of machine operators integrated with those of hand sorters and reclassified to the same level. The issue will be raised again, he said, when negotia- tions for a new contract begin in September. The existing agreement expires Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the union is pro- moting a boycott on the use of the postal code system in- troduced by the federal government more than a year ago. The Canadian Federation of Labor and the Canadian Labor Congress now supports the boycott, Mr. Parrot said. He Is appealing to other unions to use a stamp provided by the CUPW urging letter-writers not to use the code. Paper folds CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Today, one of four Chicago daily newspapers, will cease publication after its Sept. 13 editions, the Chicago Tribune Co. announced yesterday. GUELPH, Ont. (CP) The 26th general council of the United Church of Canada ap- proved Friday night the estab- lishment of a new regional conference to serve the needs of Northern Ontario. The new district, named the Northern conference, replaces four Sud- bury, North Bay and Temis- kaming. A fifth Northern On- tario presbytery, Algoma, opted out. electing to remain aligned with London conference. The delicate procedural issue was resolved shortly after the evening session got under way, following a day of confusion, during which the commissioners thought they had approved the enabling resolution and then found they hadn't. The council first rejected a sessional committee's recom- mendation that a Northern Ontario council be set up to handle the affairs of the northern presbyteries instead of a conference. Then, after listening to Al- goma's objections, the delegates deleted Algoma from the resolution and turned to other business without realizing that the main motion had not been put. "For 10 years, some Northern Ontario presbyteries have pressed for a conference of their own. Un- til now, their demands had been turned back in successive general councils for many reasons, among them cost, and the extensive geographic area involved. Also rejected by the com- missioners were proposals en- dorsed by the national ex- ecutive that the basic ministerial now 300 a increased to The council said the basic figure should be "at least" and be reviewed every six months as living costs rise. 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