After reviewing the available scientific studies and the presentations of researchers, experts, dentists, and injured consumers, the scientists concluded that – contrary to the claims of FDA’s in-house dentist Susan Runner – amalgam is not safe for everybody. According to the panel, FDA’s amalgam risk assessments were not adequate to protect hypersensitive adults, children, and unborn babies. Repeatedly, panel members expressed their concern about amalgam use in children. Pediatric neurologist Dr. Suresh Kotagal of the Mayo Clinic summed it up for the entire panel: “There is really no place for mercury in children.” Other panelists went on to explain that dental mercury is like lead. The panel urged FDA to quickly contraindicate amalgam for these vulnerable populations and insisted that FDA provide consumers with labeling containing clear warnings.
The press heard the scientists loud and clear. According to the well-respected trade publication FDA Webview , the panelists “suggested the agency should ban the device’s use in children and pregnant women.” * Reuters announced that “Use of fillings in kids, pregnant women biggest concern…Enough uncertainty surrounds silver-colored metal dental fillings with mercury that U.S. regulators should add more cautions for dentists and patients, a U.S. advisory panel said.” **
We cannot let FDA get away with rewriting history and ignoring the scientists as it has done so many times before. Please write Anthony Watson at email@example.com
Tell Mr. Watson of FDA:
Thank you to all who came out to testify at the hearings, participated in the demonstration, and submitted comments to FDA! We’ve gotten this far, let’s keep it up.
Charles G. Brown
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** link also available at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1517796020101215?pageNumber=1