Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September Government concerned over side-effects Doctors ignore federal IUD survey Family planning workers resented by Bombay women By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Only five per cent of Canada's doctors have responded to a federal health department survey aimed at determining the extent and seriousness of harmful side-effects of the use by Cana- dian women of intra-uterine devices (I'JDs) as contraceptives. The survey was sparked by recent revelations of health problems, including more than three dozen septic abortions and possibly four or more deaths, linked to the use in the U.S. of the popular Dalkon Shield IUD. The Dalkon Shield was subsequently removed from the market in Canada and the U.S. voluntarily by the manufacturer. Dr. A. B. Morrison, assistant deputy minister of health, revealed Monday that the health protection branch to date has received only 1800 replies from the doctors across the country who were can- vassed by a special mail survey last month. "We had hoped the response would be much he said, adding that the department hopes it can still derive some useful information from the replies receiv- ed so far. The results have been tabulated and passed on to the health department's ex- pert advisory committee on contracep- tives, a group of non-government medical specialists headed by Dr. Robert Kinch, a McGill University gynecologist. The advisory committee is expected to make recommendations on appropriate government action with respect to lUDs within a few months. In the survey, sent out to doctors across Canada in the form of a "Dear Doctor" letter early in August, the federal health department says it does' not have adequate information on Canadian experience with intra-uterine devices It notes that the government "has become concerned over side-effects from intrau-uterine referring to the much-publicized problems associated with use of the Dalkon Shield in the U.S. More than of the Dalkon Shields had been sold in Canada before the products were voluntarily removed from the market by A. H. Robins Co. of Canada Ltd Montreal, this summer. The federal health department survey asks doctors for information on use of and problems associated with the Lippe Loop, Saf-T-Coil, Dalkon Shield and any other lUDs. The survey also asks doctors whether they have any records of adverse reactions among patients involving undue bleeding, cramps, accidental pregnancy, pelvic inflamation, or other disorders related to use of lUDs. The health department also asks doctors whether they would be willing to make such records of patients' experiences with lUDs available to the federal government without disclosing the patient's name. While drug companies in the U.S. have records of several Hundred cases of infec- tion associated with spontaneous abortions in patients using certain brands of lUDs, neither drug companies nor the federal health department in Canada have any records of either deaths or septic abor- tions related to use of any IUD. The federal health department, while admitting it really does not know what the domestic situation is with regards to side- effects from lUDs, argues that the lack of any substantive evidence in Canada is reason for not taking any regulatory action to restrict uses of any or all lUDs in Canada at this time. Dr Morrison also argued that the risks associated with the use of lUDs, as far as can be determined, are still less than the risks associated with pregnancy. The federal health department had hoped to use the results of its IUD side- effects survey as the basis for further ac- tion involving lUDs The idea was to use the replies from doc- tors to pinpoint problems areas and then launch more detailed health studies. Medical devices, which include lUDs, have until very recently received relative- ly scant regulatory attention compared to drugs and foods. As a result, the health department has relatively little informa- tion from drug companies and doctors on problems associated with lUDs and other medical devices. The latest type, lUDs, coated with copper which slowly dissolves in the uterus, are subject to more stringent regulatory requirements than standard terms of clinical, pre-marketing testing, for example because the new devices are classified as drugs. The new copper lUDs, such as Copper-7 and Copper-T, are just now coming onto the market in Canada. The release of the copper metal is believed to have some contraceptive effect, in combination with the shape of the IUD. The federal health department IUD sur- vey noted in a covering letter that World Health Organization studies covering conventional lUDs, which rely on their shape, (it to pre- vent contraception, have shown that the stiff lUDs, often made of plastic such as polypropylene, have lower expulsion rates than the softer polyethylene loop lUDs. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "Since I've got plenty of time, give my three-minute egg a 30-second bonus." LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North RKQULAR W1D. NIOHT BINQO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANV EXTRAS This Week's Jackpot in 52 Numbers 5 CARDS CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE No one under 16 years allowed to play' AFTERNOON BINGO MOOf 3rd Ave. North 8 Cards-Si Mow DOIMUO WMkly Sponsored by The Moose Lodge No Children Under 1t AJowad to Walcoma PARENTSI TEACHERS! COUNSELLORS! 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Grandmother founds chocolate business EDMONTON (CP) When Merlin Smith's grandmother began making chocolates in 1928 to support her three boys, she didn't know she was founding a thriving family business. Fern's Chocolates quickly became popular in her home town of Cardston, Alta. By 9970. demand was so great that a limited company was formed and sales were ex- panded to include outlets around the province and ir British Columbia. Her grandson. Merlin, who now heads the operation, is full of plans to spread his grandmother's name around the province. He spends two or three weeks a month drumming up sales, and hopes lo expand into Saskatchewan and Eastern Canada soon He admits he can't stop sampline his own product. By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) When a government family planning official called at a Bombay suburban home she was polite- ly shown the door. "The number of children I should have is my the official was told by the housewife. "This is too per- sonal a matter to be discussed with strangers." The official then tried a dif- ferent approach. She befriend- ed a woman who was a member of the same club as the sensitive housewife. The latter then started receiving informative leaflets on family planning. "Within weeks the housewife agreed not to have any more said Rohini Chitnis, an active worker in the Indian 'family- planning movement. "Persuading women to use contraceptives is often a- heartbreaking business. We have to adopt different Migraine foundation set up TORONTO (CP) A migraine is more than a bad headache. "But until you have ex- perienced it, it is hard to imagine how bad it can said Rosemary Dudley, ex- ecutive vice-president of Toronto's new Migraine Foun- dation. Miss Dudley fits her posi- tion has suffered from migraine all her life. It has complicated both her work and social life. "Last night, for example, it was just as if there was a large, stinging grapefruit im- planted in one side of my head and some giant's hand was squeezing it round in 180- degree Miss Dudley said. "Vision blurs and hearing becomes super-sensitive. The cat walking across the rug sounds like a thundering herd of elephants." There are 126 varieties of migraine with an assortment of treatments. Miss Dudley said about 20 per cent of Toronto's population suffers from migraine. The Migraine Foundation will provide information on new treatments, recent techniques and background on the malady for both doctors and sufferers. approaches depending on the type of woman we are dealing with." Government officials said even highly educated women often resent visits by family planning workers. The wife of a wealthy busi- is a graduate of Bombay told a family planning worker: "When I want to limit my family, I will talk it over with my doctor." But officials of the Indian government's ministry of family planning said that on the whole educated wives are easier to handle than the wives of industrial workers or peasants. Currently, dozens of family- planning workers are visiting villagers' homes. Apart from giving public lectures and holding ex- hibitions, they spend two or three days a week on door-to- door "persuasion cam- paigns." Luxmi Gopalaswamy, a sci- ence graduate of the Universi- ty of Madras, said she has sold the family planning idea to nearly village women in the last two years. "But this is nothing. There are family planning workers who have more than con- verts to their credit." As a rule, she said, peasant women are not rude to family planning workers "They just sit and watch you with silent fascination. One is often left wondering whether they have understood even a tenth of what they have heard." 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