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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 1 1980-Page 9
Pain-killing drug may hurt eyes
From AP and UPI the safety and efficacy of the drug. to smoke. But the swelling went down title in the 1969 season.
WASHINGTON - A top federal Goyan said DMSO adversely affects before my eyes, and was gone in five He said his handwas badly injured by
health official said yesterday that a the eyes of experimental animals. minutes. I was able to throw a football a Boston Patriot lineman, and he used
controversial drug suureptitiously used However, he emphasized further the next day." DMSO for the whole season. After the
by athletes, coaches, and others to clinical research must be completed to Normally with ice pack and other final game, he said he had the hand X-
relieve muscle pain may be harmful to learn if persons taking DMSO could conventional treatments, Lamonica rayed and discovered that ligaments
the eyes. also suffer eye damage. said the swelling would take several were torn.
Jere Goyan, commissioner of the DMSO IS A byproduct from the days toreduce. Also praising the drug was Sam Bell,
Food and Drug Administration, warned manufacture of paper. As a medicine, it After the hearing, Lamonica said he Indiana University track coach, who
about dimethyl sulfoxide after a parade can be applied to the skin, injected, or credits DMSO for helping him win the said it works on young athletes to kill
of witnesses, including a formher taken internally. The FDA has refused National Football League's passing pain and heal leg injuries.
Oakland Raider quarterback, Daryle to approve it for any medical use on
Lamonica, told a Senate subcommittee humans except for the'treatment of the
how the drug relieved swelling and bladder disease interstitial cystitis. TRAPPED OUTSIDE THE BOUNDA RIES OF TIME AND SPACE
pains from various ailments or injuries. But state laws in Oregon and Florida - - 102 A IRCR AFT, 600oMEN .. . A LL MISSING
"I WANT TO caution that the use of permit doctors to prescribe DMSO for
DMSO - the popular name for the drug specific ailments.
- carries risk," Goyan testified before Lamonica testified he as well as other
the Human Resources subcommittee on football stars took DMSO to ease the <
health and scientific research, headed, pain of injuries and get back on the field ,
by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). quicker.
Kennedy urged both sides in the con- "I call it a miracle drug," Lamonica
troversy - particularly the Food and said. He recalled that he first used it 13
Drug Administration and DMSO years ago for a swollen thumb.
pioneer Dr. Stanley Jacob of Oregon - "When I applied it, my skin burned. It
to meet and iron out differences about almost looked like the skin was starting

Task force studying
drugging of horses
LANSING (UPI)-A scientific task does work," he said.
force said yesterday Michigan's CURRENTLY OFFICIALS test urine
program for detecting drugged horses samples from winning horses, those
must be proven accurate before racing behaving unusually, and a small ran-
enthusiasts will regain confidence in the dom group of animals at the five
troubled industry. Michigan tracks.
"This whole drug problem is a Fauri believes most drugs are now
serious one, not just in Michigan but being detected, but said scientists are
nationwide," said state Racing Com- uncertain exactly how different sub-
missioner Fedele Fauri, a member of stances are being administered to race
the 15-person special commission. horses.
THE TASK FORCE of scientists and The task force will develop a method
racing industry representatives was ap- of checking the accuracy of state
pointed by state Agriculture Director laboratories, possibly by submitting for
Dean Pridgeon to review by Dec. 1 tests "blind samples" containing
existing methods for detecting drugs in known quantities of drugs.
race horses. Michigan's racing in- WENDELL BRUBACKER, HEAD of
dustry has been under fire for failing to the agriculture department's
deal with the drug-relatedhorse deaths. laboratory, said the 140 samples his
Fauri said the review of laboratory staff processes daily leave little time
work does not necessarily mean the for researching new methods for im-
state's testing program is inadequate. proving detection.

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