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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALO-Tuttday, October Patient should discuss drug price with doctor Before a doctor prescribes a certain medication, a patient should discuss with him the possibility of prescribing a cheaper brand of the same quality drug, advises the federal department of con- sumer and corporate affairs. In a newsletter, Consumer Contact, the depatment says a physician will sometimes write a prescription for a pop- ular brand of drug "which happens to cost many times more than the same product distributed by several generic drug companies only the trade name is different." The physician is the key for the consumer to find but a'bout lower drug costs. A publication. Rx Bulletin, con- taining a list of drug prices is sent to the doctor each month. The bulletin contains infor- mation on newly-marketed drugs, research results, and a list of companies distributing the drugs, with the price of each firm's product as sold to pharmacists for the different wholesale packages offered by the company. The government publication ranks different brands ac- cording to cost so doctors can see which company sells the most expensive product and where the best buys are. "If the doctor is thinking of his patient's pocketbook as well as his health, he can prescribe one of the lower cost the depart- ment says. The department also points out all drugs on the list have passed federal government standards of quality. Although some drugs are of the same quality "many doc- tors are very familiar with the brand names of drugs because for years the large drug com- panies have spent millions of dollars on advertising and promotion. "For this reason, the pop- ular brand or trade name for a drug comes more readily to mind than the common or generic name." In Alberta, provincial law allows a pharmacist to sub- stitute a lower cost product for an expensive brand if the doctor does not insist on a par- ticular trade name. The consumer department adds the patient should rely on a doctor's advice about what brand of drugs to take. "He may have very good reasons for sticking to a par- ticular drug product." However, the table of wholesale drug costs show tremendous variation in different brands of the same drug and there is no harm in duscussing various prices with a physician; the depart- ment says. Sellers net in new-breed cattle sale The largest sale of new breed cattle in Canada netted sellers for 240 animals at Perlich Bros. Auc- tion Market Monday. Several records for high prices were broken during the Western Canadian New Breed Sale, featuring nine exotic breeds of cattle. Joe Perlich, co-owner of the auction market which manag- ed the sale, said two purebred Brown Swiss animals sired by Golden Nugget, the largest Brown Swiss bull in the U.S., set Canadian sales records. A young heifer sold for 200 to Miller Brothers Runn- ing MB Stock Farm, of Crossbred sheep produce more, larger offspring Lambs grow faster and ewes produce more offspring when they are crossbred, says Dr. J." A. Vesely of Agriculture Canada's Research Station in Lethbridge. Dr. Vesely headed an ex- periment at the Manyberries Sub-station to discover the ex- tent to which crossbreeding improves lamb production. The experiment began in 1967 and lasted four years. Four breeds of sheep were in- volved: Romnelet, Columbia, Suffolk and North Country Cheviot. Purebred, two-breed crosses and three-breed cross- ed sheep were used in the ex- periment. A two-breed sheep is the offspring of two purebreds and a three-breed sheep is the offspring of a two- breed and a purebred. The lambs were born in the spring and grazed with their mothers until mid-summer before going to the feedlot for 75 days. Purebred lambs averaged 52.9 pounds at weaning and 90.9 pounds at marketing: two-breed cross lambs averaged 55.2 pounds and 97.4 pounds; and three-breed cross lambs, 60.3 and 101.1 pounds. 2 school trustees out of 'Pass board election BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Two veteran Crowsnest Pass School Divi- sion 63 board members will not seek re-election if a vote is Just Arrived! A Complete Shipment PINWHEEL LEAD CRYSTAL Covered Candy Bon Sons Fruit Bowls Comports Cream and Sugar Assorted sizes Candleholders Rose bowls Vases Baskets Cake plates Ashtrays Decanters Lamps, etc. Priced from Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN necessary following nominations Wednesday. Board chairman Grant Hall, representing Subdivision 2, and Hall Chamberlin, Subdivi- sion 1, have decided to step down. Mr. Chamberlin represents Coleman ratepayers and Mr. Hall the Blairmore citizens. Mr. Hall has been a trustee since formation of the school division in 1967. He has been chairman of the board for the past three years. Mr. Chamberlin has been a board member for two years. Veno Pozzi, representing Subdivision 3 or Frank, Hillcrest and Bellevue, has in- dicated he will seek re- election. Nominations will be accepted from 10 to 12 noon tomorrow at the office of the secretary-treasurer at Blair- more. "The average weaning and market weights of the two- breed crosses were higher than those of the purebred lambs mainly because of their hybrid Dr. Vesley says. "The increased growth per- formance in the three-breed cross lambs was due to the hybrid vigor in the lambs as well as their he says. The crossbred lambs also had a better record for surviv- ing until marketing. Seventy- five purebred lambs, 83 two- breed cross lambs and 86 three-breed cross survived out of 100 lambs born in each group. "Twinning is another benefit to be gained from Dr. Vesely says. "The purebred ewes increased their numbers at lambing by 38 per cent and the two-breed or three-breed cross ewes increased theirs by 43 per cent. The crossbred ewes also raised 15 per cent more lambs than the purebred ewes." Crossbred ewes probably have a longer productive life than purebreds, says Dr. Vesely. He is continuing testing to see if this is true. "But crossbreeding cannot be practised without purebred he cautions. "Pure breeding and crossbreeding have an equally important place in animal production. The decision to practise either pure breeding or cross-breeding rests with the producer." Saskatoon, while a young bull sold for to James Brown of Nanton. Both animals were purebred Brown Swiss sold by Randy Seward of Burstall, Sask. Mr. Perlich said the sale was the first in Canada to auc- tion the German breed, Gelb- vieh. Frank Rodriques, manager for the ranch in Lufkin, Texas which owns Golden Nugget, the largest registered bull in the U.S., said the sale prices at Perlich Bros. Auction Market were running about one-third higher than prices for comparable animals in the U.S. "I just wish I had about 150 animals to bring up to he said. "With these prices, a fellow could make a fortune." 4 injured in traffic accidents A 63-year-old Lethbridge woman was seriously injured after being struck and dragg- ed by a pick-up truck Monday morning. Gwendolyn Downs, 232 24th St. S., was crossing the street at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street S. when she was struck by the vehicle driven by Nickolas Geremia, 27th A S. N., who was leaving the Holiday Village parking lot. Mr. Geremia apparently did not know he had struck anything, and other motorists had to flag him down. Investigating policemen determined that Mrs. Downs was dragged about 50 feet and rolled another 20 feet. She is in Lethbridge Municipal Hospital with a fractured ankle, a fractured pelvis, frac- tured ribs and other injuries. Four-year-old David Perlich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Perlich of Lethbridge, has the bull by the horns, er the nose ring, and still he wonders what he is doing. Lit- tle wonder because David is reining Golden Nugget, a purebred Brown Swiss bull owned by John Winston Jr. of Lufkin, Texas, registered as the largest bull in Texas. Hangin9 on The animal stands six feet high at the shoulders and measures 12 feet long. David is looking at pounds of breeding animal which, when back in prime con- dition, will weigh pounds. Ranch manager Frank Rodriques says this bull weighs about 900 pounds more than any Brown Swiss bull in Canada. People recoil from questions Prolonging life ethical dilemma drtifiriDmtilMMliinic CLIFF BUCK. BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOB. liwrLml PHONE 327-2822 to serve ROLLS -PASTRIES PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS [FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP] Art exhibit at U of L for 2 weeks The prairies is the theme of a three-artist exhibition on display at the University of Lethbridge art gallery until Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to p.m. weekdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition, called Prairie Sweet, features the work of potter Harlan House and painters Al Wilson and Bob Sinclair and marks the first time Mr. Wilson's etchings and watercolors have been publicly shown. Mr. House's exhibit features his latest sculptures and Mr. Sinclair's watercolors and acrylic sculptures repre- sent his concern for nature, particularly the environment near Devon, Alta. The exhibit is located in the Physical Education-Fine Arts Building. An eight-year-old city boy was struck by a car near llth Street and 9th Avenue S. Mon- day morning after he ran out into the street. William Fazek, 621 9th St. S., was slightly injured when struck by a car driven by Bon- nie Perverziff, 21, 124 16th St. N. He was treated at St. Michael's Hospital and released. Two persons were slightly injured Monday afternoon when the car in which they were riding went out of control on Highway 3 West. Rodney Taylor, 16, was driving west near the CPR bridge when his car went over "a guard rail. He and his passenger, Elke Janhsen, suf- fered minor injuries. About damage was incurred. "What do we mean when we say life? "Is it a biological existence or .more than that? "Is a human living when reasoning power is gone? "It's a doctor's commit- ment to retain life. What is the nature of life they are to These questions were put to Rotarians by Rev. Nelson Mercer at a luncheon at the Marquis Hotel. Mr. Mercer said these questions, because of their seriousness, sometimes make people recoil from them. However, this should not stop anyone from considering such matters. Mr. Mercer, of Central United Church in Calgary, was referring mainly to terminally-ill patients and when it was ethically right to stop treatments to prolong their lives. Mr. Mercer told the meeting of a man in Calgary who was terminally ill and made the decision not to take further treatment to prolong his life. Twenty-four hours after making the decision, the man died. One of the man's great fears was that because of his dis- ease he would lose his faculties and it-would be dif- ficult to decide whether to prolong his life. In this particular case the man had all his faculties, Mr. Mercer said in an interview after the meeting. If he wasn't mentally capable it would depend on the circumstances on who would make the decision to prolong a man's life. In most cases it would be a man's family. Some families are mature and capable of making this decision while others are not, he said. When they are not the decision should be made by a doctor with maximum in- volvement of the family. Dr. James Oshiro of Coaldale, the past president of the Alberta Medical Association, says a patient determines what care is to be given him if he's mentally capable. He can discharge himself from a hospital if he wants. If he isn't mentally capable, his immediate family makes the decision. If a doctor disagrees with the patient or family he can ask for a second opinion from another doctor. If patient or family and doctor still dis- agree, the doctor can be asked to be taken off the case and another doctor would take over. In the case of children where parents refuse treat- ment that could save their child's life, a doctor can take this case to the courts, Dr. Oshiro says. Taber to share expenses of new recreation centre TABER (HNS) After two months of consideration, town council agreed last night to share with the Taber municipal district the cost of operating the new senior citizens' recreation centre on 50th Ave. and 48th St. Formerly it was a nurses' residence. But now that the Taber General Hospital does not train nurses, the building is unused. Council was advised the senior citizens' recreation committee has obtained from the hospital board a three- year lease on the building at per year. Some details have not yet Town, 2 school boards to build track facilities 3 vacancies on Cardston School District board DENTURE CLINIC E. S. P. FOX Ctrtlfirt Dtntal Mechanic FOX [Lith.) DENTAL LAB, 204 Medical Dantil Bldg. Phont 3rd AVI. S. M.M. Orivi Ptioni 328-8161 PtiOM 328-7756 Residents of Cardston, Magrath and rural Magrath have until Wednesday noon to nominate candidates for three openings on the Cardston School Division board. Subdivision 5, rural Magrath and area, has been represented for the past six years by John Schneyder, of Magrath. Subdivision 6, town of Magrath, has been represented for the last six years by Dr. Steele Brewer- ton, of Magrath. Subdivision 7, town of Card- ston, was represented by Willard Brooks for the past two years. The successful candidates will serve a one-year term rather than the normal three- year term. All seven positions on the Cardston School Division board, including the three sub- divisions mentioned, will be up for election in the fall of 1974. The election day for the one- year terms in the three sub- divisions is scheduled for Nov 28. TABER (HNS) Town council has approved in prin- ciple an agreement between the town and the public and separate school boards for the construction and maintenance of track and field facilities on the Dr. Hamman Elementary School (public) .and St. Patrick's School playgrounds. This will be done by closing 47th Street between 54th and 561 h avenues, allowing the track and other facilities to overlap the two adjacent school grounds. Construction is expected to get under way in the spring. This track facility is re- quired for the 1974 Southern Alberta Summer Games. Council also agreed to con- tinue payments to school authorities for transporting students, living south of the highway, to north Taber schools. This will be done morning and evening during the cold winter months. The cost last year was under to public and to separate school boards. The public school board operates the buses. been completed, including in- surance. Renovations to the building will be made under the New Horizons Program. A total of of the proposed budget for 1974 will be divided evenly between the town and the Taber MD. Occupancy is expected about Dec. 1. A caretaker couple to live at the centre is being sought. Attending the council meeting to add light to coun- cil's deliberations were com- mittee president Mrs. Mary Cavelle, Mrs. Peg Loree and Ed Hemple. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. St. S. Phone 328-4095 BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS CmtM Initillnions Open Thurs. and Fri. Evenings PhoiwlM-0372 Stabbed man released A Lethbridge man stabbed in a street fight Oct. 20 has been released from St. Michael's Hospital. Kenneth Robert List, 21, was brought to the hospital in serious condition following the slabbing which occurred near the York Hotel on 13th Street The man charged in the stabbing, David Howard Vandervoort, 35, 605 Stafford Drive, is free on bail. He will appear in court Nov 7 for election and plea DUNLOP FORD'S Exhibition Pavilion November 6th to 10th AIR CONDITION with the ROUND ONE by ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES. SHEET METAL and HEATING AIR CONDITIONING 2214-43 SI. S. Ph. 327-5816, ;