Federal Government - Citizen comments to FDA due July 28

Dental Consumers and Professionals:

AFTER A 32 YEAR DELAY – FDA MUST CLASSIFY DENTAL AMALGAM!!

YOUR COMMENTS ARE A MUST!

After a 32 year delay to classify pre-encapsulated mercury amalgam dental fillings, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been mandated by U.S. District Court to classify the components of dental amalgam by July, 2009.

Prior to classification, FDA has reopened the public comment period concerning the risks of dental amalgam with a deadline for submissions of July 28, 2008.

If you have commented previously, it is still crucial that you submit again, as only these comments will be considered for this Docket period.

Docket ID: FDA-2008-N-0163
Docket Title: Dental Devices: Classification of Encapsulated Amalgam Alloy and Dental Mercury and Reclassification of Dental Mercury; Issuance of Special Controls for Amalgam Alloy; Reopening of Comment Period to July 28, 2008.

To file an electronic comment: Click here »
Go to the bottom of the page with heading "Submitter Information". Fill out the form, enter your comments, and click the "Next Step" button. Then you will be able to cancel, edit your comments, or submit them using the buttons on the bottom of the page.

To fax a written comment: Fax: 301.827.6870

To mail a comment:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
FDA
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

Please consider sending a copy of your submission to: info@toxicteeth.org so that Consumers for Dental Choice has a record of all comments. Please use subject line: "My comment to FDA".

To view comments: 1) Go to http://www.regulations.gov 2) In the search box enter FDA-2008-N-0163. We have been informed that private citizen comments will not be posted on the website, however they will be reviewed.

Suggestion : If you are an injured consumer: Submit your first and last name with subject: I am a victim of mercury poisoning from my amalgam dental fillings and I want the use of mercury in dentistry banned”.

Let the FDA know that it is time to protect the public not the dental industry.

BAN DENTAL AMALGAM FILLINGS NOW!

Points to consider in your submission:

  • Dental amalgam must be classified as Class III, not Class II so that manufacturers have to prove the safety of amalgam. Class II does not require this regulation.
  • Amalgam manufacturers should be mandated to provide an environmental impact statement to prove amalgams are environmentally safe. Mercury from dental offices contributes at least 40% of the mercury to wastewater, as well as contributing to air pollution from crematoriums.
  • Include your personal stories including: dental revisions and additional dental costs due to corrosion and break down of amalgam fillings and health related illnesses and medical costs due to mercury toxicity. (Please do not include personal information such as social security numbers).

This Spring we won a lawsuit against the FDA for not classifying dental amalgam after a 32 year stand off. As a result, FDA had to revise the information on their website related to the risks of dental amalgam, now admitting that amalgam fillings are a potential risk to pregnant women, children and a sensitive sub-population. See: FDA's website: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/consumer/amalgams.html.

DEMAND THAT CHILDREN BE PROTECTED BY BANNING THE USE OF DENTAL AMALGAM NOW!!

SAFE WHITE ALTERNATIVE FILLINGS EXIST!

MERCURY AMALGAMS, CONSIDERED TO BE A HAZARDOUS WASTE

PRODUCT DOES NOT BELONG IN THE HUMAN BODY!

PLEASE DON’T DELAY – WRITE TODAY!! DEADLINE – July 28, 2008.

Thank you.

Consumers for Dental Choice

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