Tell HHS to Make Public the FDA's Warning about Dental Mercury!

According to a recent news report, in 2011 the FDA proposed a warning to dentists to avoid using mercury fillings in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with mercury allergies, kidney diseases, and neurological problems. It also contained a more general alert to dentists, asking them to consider alternatives to mercury fillings on all patients.

Unfortunately, this proposal was rejected by senior officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a so-called cost-benefit analysis was performed; the proposal was then hushed up. According to HHS, out-of-pocket costs to patients would triple if alternative fillings replaced mercury, and an Obama Administration official said the increased cost would disproportionately affect low-income Americans. This was especially hypocritical since this puts some of our most disadvantaged populations—in the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, in the military, in prisons, and on Indian reservations—in grave danger. 

Tell HHS how disappointed you are to learn that this warning from the FDA was rejected and then kept secret. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin and should be removed from all fillings to protect the health and safety of all Americans.

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Please Make Public the FDA's Warning about Dental Mercury

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