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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 19, 1978-Page 13
Rhodesians call for nquiry
SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP)-Black reported. Fifty were killed outright and appealed to Britain and the United minority government of Prime
nationalists and a church commission two died later in a hospital. States to press for meetings between Minister Ian Smith and bring black
called yesterday for a special inquiry The Catholic Commission for Justice Rhodesia and the guerrilla forces to end majority rule by the end of the year. Its
into the weekend killing of 50 black and Peace said the kilings, in an area the nearly six years of fighting. members are Smith and three
civilians at a political meeting ain a bout 120 miles south of here, had a ZAPU spokesman Saul Ndlovu said, moderate black leaders.
farm laborers' quarters. "disastrous" effect on peace efforts. It "The May 14 massacre was a part of a ZAPU, led by Joshua Nkomo, and the
In Lusaka, Zambian the Simbabwe added that the civilians had no choice bloody murderous campaign against Simbabwe African People's Union, led
African People's Union, one of two but to attend the rally called by armed innocent women, children and unarmed by Robert Mugabe, form the Patriotic
black guerrilla groups fighting the guerrillas, despite a dusk-to-dawn cur- men. There was nothing like an armed Front. They have rejected the tran-
Rhodesian government, said the few. clash between our forces and the mer- sitional government and vowed their
civilians were killed in "absolute cold The government said an inquiry is cenary bandits of the Salisbury gang of guerrillas will continue the war.
blood by the Rhodesian regime" and under way. four." THE MILITARY command rejected
not in a crossfire between security for- SIR SERETSE KHAMA, president of He was referring to the four-man reports from unidentified sources that
ces and guerrillas as the government Botswana on the border of Rhodesia, council formed to replace the white 94 persons were killed at the rally
rather than 50.
".... We carried out an extensive 24-
FDA splits on drug law reform hu erho h a~rea fr utn
FD A l n dru law m--- utr ourr figure," said ea militarry
spokesman. "To imply that 44 bodies
WASHINGTON (AP) - Middle-level market. won't sell to our own people," he said. were not located following such a sear-
bureaucrats, given a rare chance to * Allowing drug manufacturers to ch is ridiculous."
comment on pending legislation, produce and export products that aren't MAURICE KINSLOW of. the FDA Blacks wounded in the shooting told
disagreed with their bosses yesterday approved for sale in the United States Atlanta regional office said the current reporters Wednesday they could not
over key parts of the Carter ad- but which may benefit other nations, law on criminal liability "has provided say how many were killed. They said
ministration's plans' to overhaul the particularly in the developing nations. American consumers with safe drugs eight guerrillas, including one who was
nation's drug laws. * Making it harder to prosecute drug for 72 years. I know of no reason to shot dead in mid-speech, called thefter a
The officials of the Food and Drug company officials whose firms violate change it.,,"eigo bu 20pol fe
Administration (FDA) said the ad- drug laws. At least one high-level government beer-drinking party.
mncrin' rncl uld cause ff il naaa ith th ztnndn-

mimstrauons propusa: cuu duo
patients to be given ineffective or even
harmful drugs.
THE FORUM was an unusual Senate
hearing brought to the FDA building in
suburban Washington. Legislators of-
ten hear from heads of federal agencies
but seldom hear testimony from mid-
dle-level officials who must enforce the
The drug bill is proposed by
President Carter, Secretary Joseph
Califano of the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare and FDA Com-
missioner Donald Kennedy.
In an auditorium before about 300
FDA employees, speakers drew ap-
plause by opposing these parts of the
administration proposal:
- Speeding federal approval of new
drugs in an effort to put possibly life-
saving drugs on the market sooner. It
now takes years to get the drugs on the

SEN. EDWARD Kennedy (D-Mass.),
who supports the administration
proposal, chaired the hearing. He asked
for a show of hands on each point and
found that the FDA employees in the
audience overwhelmingly agreed.
Dr. Robert S. K. Young, an FDA of-
ficial in the area of anti-cancer drugs,
said the faster drug approval would not
allow sufficient experiments before
drugs are marketed. "Scientific
evidence is not impossible to gather. It
may be difficult. It takes time. But
what hangs in the balance is a person's
life and limb."
Dr. Robert Knox of the FDA division
of pharmaceuticals argued against the
export provision. "I've seen drugs
marketed abroad that are banned for
good reason in the United States. Many
drugs are sold in Latin America and
Asia that are patent frauds. We should
not sell drugs to other people that we

otic ai agrees wi oe stauu
criminal liability for drug company
executives. Chairman Michael Per-
tschuk of the Federal Trade Com-
mission, which is independent of the
administration, has opposed that part
of the proposal.
The administration plan also would
encourage the sale of less expensive
generic drugs an'A give patients more
information about the medicines they


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