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Vol. 143 No. 82
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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Thomas E., 82, of Delphos,Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. ChrisBohnsack officiating. Burialwill be in St. John’s Cemetery,where military graveside riteswill be conducted by theDelphos Veterans Council.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, where a parishwake will begin at 7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are to St.John’s Parish Foundation.
High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 77 degrees,low was 54. High a year agotoday was 77, low was 49.Record high for today is 88,set in 2007. Record low is 28,set in 1965.Corn $7.72Wheat $8.44Soybeans $15.35
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Cloudy withrain showers in the evening,then partly cloudy with achance of rain showers over-night. Lows in the upper 30s.West winds 5 to 10 mph.Chance of rain 80 percent.
Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highsin the lower 50s. West winds5 to 15 mph.
Becoming mostly cloudy.Lows in the upper 30s.Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
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By MAttHeWPerroneth Acad P
WASHINGTON —More Americans than everare taking generic drugs, asblockbuster medicines likePlavix and Lipitor becomeavailable in low-cost ver-sions. But the government’srevelation this week thatit mistakenly approved adefective generic antide-pressant could stoke long-time concerns about thequality of knockoff drugs.The Food and DrugAdministration onWednesday asked TevaPharmaceuticals to with-draw its drug BudeprionXL 300 after testingshowed the drug did notproperly release its keyingredient. The drug is sup-posed to be equivalent toGlaxoSmithKline’s popularantidepressant WellbutrinXL, which is prescribed totreat depression, anxietyand symptoms of nicotinewithdrawal.The announcementmarked an about-face forregulators, who said in2008 that the two drugswere essentially the same,despite hundreds of com-plaints from patients whosaid they experienced sideeffects such as headaches,anxiety and insomnia afterswitching to the genericdrug. The FDA has with-drawn generic drugs before,but this appears to be thefirst case driven by con-sumer complaints, whichcontinued to pile up afterthe FDA said the drug wasworking correctly.“The lesson is thateveryone — from phar-macists to physicians tothe FDA — needs to takethese reports seriously,”said Dr. Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab, a privately-held company that indepen-dently tests drugs and nutri-tion products. Coopermanadded that the vast majoritygeneric drugs work appro-priately but that, “consum-ers will be the first to knowwhen there is a problem.”ConsumerLab first drewattention to the issue withBudeprion XL in 2007.The company published ananalysis of the two drugs,indicating Budeprion XLreleased its active ingredi-ent at a much faster ratethan Wellbutrin. The FDAcompleted its own studyin August that confirmedthose findings.But FDA officials saidThursday it would havebeen irresponsible to makescientific decisions basedon patient reports, whichcan be influenced by ahost of individual factors,including their disease.“When these reportscome in we don’t knowexactly what is going onwith the patient,” saidDavid Read, regulatorycounsel for the FDA’soffice of generic drugs. “Isit a failure of the drug oris it a coincidence they areexperiencing some sort of problem? It’s something todiscuss between them andtheir physician.”Read pointed out thatin the last five years theFDA has only had to cor-rect itself on the equiva-lence of three drugs. Twocases involved drugs fromDr. Reddy’s Laboratories:an antidepressant and anantifungal medication. Thethird case involved an anti-seizure drug from Upshur-Smith Laboratories.The FDA approved thefirst generic versions of Wellbutrin XL in 2006,including Budeprion.The generic drug is madeby U.S.-based ImpaxLaboratories Inc. andsold by Israel-based TevaPharmaceutical IndustriesLtd.Teva said Wednesdaythat it halted shipmentsof the drug last Thursdayafter being contacted by theFDA. The company pointedout that there is no safetyissue with the pill.The GenericPharmaceuticalAssociation, a trade groupfor generic drugmakers,moved quickly to defendthe track record of both theFDA and its companies.“There are approximate-ly 10,000 FDA-approvedinterchangeable genericsin the U.S.,” said RalphNeas, the group’s CEO andpresident. “The recall by asingle manufacturer of onestrength of a generic drugshould in no way cast doubton the impeccable reputa-tion of the generic industryor the FDA.”The generic pharma-ceutical industry has neverbeen more successful. Withprices 50 to 70 percentbelow the original product,generic drugs are favoredby government and privateinsurers, pharmacies andpatients. Last year, genericdrugs made up 80 percentof the 4 billion prescrip-tions written in the U.S.,an all-time high driven by awave of patent expirations.In the last year some of the best-selling drugs evermade have gone generic,including the high choles-terol pill Lipitor and theblood thinner Plavix.And complaints aboutgeneric drugs are rare,although they have croppedup before. The FDA’sstance has been that genericdrugs are chemically andmedically equivalent tothe original products. Theagency has hammered homethat message in pamphletsand posters with sloganslike “Generic Drugs Makethe Grade,” and “GenericDrugs Measure Up.”
By sAM KiMth Acad P
BUSAN, South Korea —A film based on the memoirof a democracy activist whowas tortured in the 1980s bySouth Korea’s military rulersis provoking discussion aboutthe country’s not-so-distantauthoritarian past and theinfluence it will have on thisyear’s presidential election.“National Security,”which premieres Saturday atthe Busan International FilmFestival, tells the story of Kim Geun-tae, who endured22 days of torture in a notori-ous Seoul interrogation roombecause of alleged links toNorth Korea and a plot tooverthrow South Korea’s mil-itary regime.It is due for nationwiderelease in November, justa month before the countryvotes in a presidential racebeing contested by Park Geun-hye, the daughter of militarydictator Park Chung-hee, whoruled the country for 18 yearsuntil his assassination.Park, the conservative rul-ing party candidate, was con-sidered the clear front-runneruntil last month, when shemade comments seen as sup-portive of her father’s 1961coup and failed to condemna 1975 court ruling that ledto the executions of eightpeople who more than twodecades later were posthu-mously cleared of subversioncharges.Park later apologized forher comments, but suspicionsabout her views on SouthKorea’s dictatorial historylinger.
falls, hurts head
CHILLICOTHE (AP) —Police say a juvenile ridingon the trunk of a vehicle felland injured his head in thesouthern Ohio city whereanother teen died last monthafter falling off the hood of avehicle while “car-surfing.”Police in Chillicothe saythe boy injured Thursdayafternoon fell from a mov-ing vehicle in a residentialneighborhood and struck hishead on the ground. They saidhe was flown to a Columbushospital, and the extent of hisinjury wasn’t known.Police say the vehicle wasdriven by an apparently unre-lated woman.No charges had been filedby Thursday night.The incident comes lessthan two weeks after a16-year-old boy fell from acar hood in a Chillicothe park-ing lot. He died as a result of a severe head injury.
Reported mountain lionin Ohio is just house cat
Show of solidarity
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Toxic wild mushroomssicken a dozen in Ohio
MOUNT BLANCHARD(AP) — Wildlife officials aretamping down rumors that amountain lion is prowling ina small northern Ohio town.They say it’s a cat, all right —but just a large house cat.The (Findlay) Courierreports that the rumors startedrecently when the cat wasphotographed by a motion-activated trail camera strappedto a tree in Mount Blanchard.People started talking, andsome of them started callingstate wildlife officials.But state wildlife officialBob Flickinger told the news-paper that further study of thephotos showed the animal is just a big domestic cat.Mountain lions don’tlive in Ohio, but residentsthought a wild cat kept as apet by someone might haveescaped.TOLEDO (AP) — Muslimsin the Toledo area are plan-ning a show of solidarity afteran arson fire damaged a land-mark mosque.The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo said areaMuslims plan to come togeth-er for prayer on the groundsof the damaged building thisafternoon.An Indiana man is sus-pected of starting the fire atthe mosque Sunday.The Ohio fire marshal’soffice has said investigatorsbelieve 52-year-old RandyLinn is the person recorded bya surveillance camera outsidethe center. The fire causedsmoke and water damage ina prayer room at the mosque,which sits along a major high-way and has a golden domethat’s visible for miles.CLEVELAND (AP) —Doctors are issuing warningsafter toxic wild mushroomswere blamed for hospitalizinga dozen people in northeast-ern Ohio.The (Cleveland) PlainDealer reports that doctorswere advising against pickingany wild mushrooms becauseof the risk of eating a typecalled amanita, a commonvariety that can cause severeliver damage or even death.Dr. Pierre Gholam is aliver-disease specialist treat-ing some of the patients atUniversity Hospitals CaseMedical Center in Cleveland.He said the mushroom’spoison is not deactivated bycooking, freezing or boiling.Some of the people werehospitalized after eatingchicken cacciatore madewith mushrooms picked bya friend. Three were still inintensive care.
By sinAn sALAHeDDinth Acad P
BAGHDAD — An Iraqicourt has sentenced anAmerican citizen to life inprison on charges of assist-ing al-Qaida and financ-ing terrorist activities inIraq, according to a gov-ernment statement releasedThursday.The Interior Ministrysaid Omar Rashad Khalil,53, was recruited by al-Qai-da in Iraq in 2005. Khalil,an architectural engineer, isof Palestinian descent andentered the country in 2001,the ministry statement said.The ministry releasedexcerpts from a confes-sion it said Khalil made inwhich he allegedly admittedto receiving money from aSyrian man in the UnitedArab Emirates to pay forterror attacks.Khalil, who the ministrysaid was also known as AbuMohammed, was sentencedby Baghdad’s central crim-inal court on Wednesday.Iraqi government officialscould not immediately bereached for more details.U.S. embassy spokesmanFrank Finver issued a state-ment saying that the embas-sy officials were aware of the reports. The statementdid not give further details,citing privacy act consider-ations, and referred ques-tions to local authorities andKhalil’s attorney. Neitherthe embassy nor Iraqi offi-cials identified Khalil’slawyer.
US citizensentenced to lifein Iraqi prison
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— David Read, regula-tory counsel for the FDA’soffice of generic drugs
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