Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Anti-amalgam suit loses.

federal appeals court has dismissed a suit seeking to force the FDA to
classify amalgam as a device so that it would be subject to tighter
restrictions. The suit was brought by four organizations and five
individuals who mistakenly believe that the mercury in amalgam fillings
poses a hazard that deserves greater FDA regulation. The FDA argued that
(a) its regulation is adequate, (b) the court lacks jurisdiction, and
(c) the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The appeals court ruled that
failure of the FDA to classify a device does not give rise to judicial
review. [Opinion. Moms against Mercury et al. v. Food and Drug
Administration. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Circuit. Case No. 06-1147, Decided April 13, 2007] Responding to the
ruling, the American Dental Association, which was not a party to the
suit, stated: "Some activist groups, relying on faulty science, tried to
use the court system to force the FDA to deprive the nation's dentists
and the patients that they serve of a safe and inexpensive option for
treating dental decay. . . . Dental amalgam is a safe and effective
filling material."


joeoneill1 said...

The FDA also said :
"there is a lack of conclusive evidence regarding the health effects of
mercury fillings" (FDA brief, p. 18)

"constantly changing scientific evidence" exists on mercury amalgam
(Id., p. 39

"complex issues and intense disagreement [exist] about the scientific
evidence regarding mercury and its potential health effects" (Id., pp. 40-41)

"the complexity of the issue and the lack of conclusive scientific
evidence on the health effects of dental amalgams" (Id., p. 41)

"the lack of......definitive scientific evidence." (Id., p. 41)

Sam said...

Mercury is treated as hazmat on its way to the dentist's office. Amalgam removed from a patient is treated as hazmat all the way to disposal. But while it's in your mouth it's safe... the mercury kills decay-causing bacteria and slowly leaches into your body until most of it is gone from the filling. Then this crude patch allows decay under and around the filling until your tooth is destroyed. Let's just grow up and ditch this 19th Century junk. There are lots of better materials available to fill teeth.