Watson-Burton bill introduced, has bill #.


12.4.2002


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Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 13:09:25 -0400

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Subject: Fwd: FW: NEWS:  Watson-Burton bill introduced, has bill #.   

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Presenting:  the Watson-Burton bill to abolish mercury in dentistry:  
             H.R. 4163, 

             by Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Calif.), for herself and 
             Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind.).   

The bill marks a culmination of Diane Watson's ten-year battle dealing with 
mercury in dental fillings, and Dan Burton's battle against mercury in any 
form in the human body.

The bill would 
  
   (1) stop mercury going into the mouths of children, pregnant
       women, and nursing mothers, immediately upon passage; 

   (2) give health warnings to all; and 

   (3) end the use of mercury dental fillings for anyone by 2006.  

When it gets posted in the 'net, you can pick it up at
http://Thomas.loc.gov/ 


Now, of course, the real battle begins.  The bill would give the ADA a
graceful exit to using this toxic material, but we expect instead they will
continue their propaganda about mercury being good for all of us.

BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST:  the F.D.A.

Even before starting our fight for this bill, we have an immediate
challenge:  the FDA is trying to smother our cause.   Please write your
Member of Congress, now, saying to stop the FDA from covering up the risks
of mercury in dental fillings, from pre-empting state disclosure laws, and
from rushing to judgment before Congress can consider the excellent
Watson-Burton bill, H.R. 4163, which would make mercury dental fillings
illegal.

Attached is a memo from Portland lawyer Sandy Duffy, who spearheads our
cause in the Northwest.  Please heed it and write.  You see, if we can get
Congressmen and Congresswomen concerned about the FDA cover-up effort, the
next step is to ask them to consider the Watson-Burton bill.  Your first
letter should be to protect the FDA action, so Congress can first examine
the Watson-Burton bill.

Mark the day of April 10, 2002:  the introduction of the Watson-Burton bill
to abolish mercury dental fillings.

And mark today, April 11, announcing our national lobbying arm:  

     COALITION TO ABOLISH MERCURY DENTAL FILLINGS, Inc.!

Don't forget:  write your Member of Congress now to protest the FDA's mad
rush to protect mercury dental fillings from Congressional and public
scrutiny.

Charlie Brown
Washington, DC

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From: "DUFFY Sandra N" <s a n d r a . n . d u f f y @ c o . m u l t n o m a h . o r . u s>
To: <g r u f f y 3 @ a o l . c o m>

Subject: STOP FDA RULE - CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND YOUR SENATORS
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 15:35:53 -0400


ATTACHMENT: TEXT : 

 Re:  FDA MERCURY AMALGAM RULE BEING CONSIDERED - Clarion call to write
your Member of Congress and Senators about the FDA rule to classify mercury
amalgams

 Dear Friends:

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to undermine our
state-by-state movement against the use of mercury dental fillings.

The agency proposed to issue a rule that hides the risks of mercury-based
dental fillings.  It says the language will be uniform, leaving some to
suspect the FDA wants to preempt (eliminate) state laws with stiff
disclosures, such as Maine's.

The FDA is using the informal rulemaking procedure and hasn't scheduled a
single public hearing.  While the Administrative Procedures Act does not
REQUIRE a public hearing, it ALLOWS public hearings.  If Members of Congress
request FDA to have a hearing, it can do so.  Right now we are looking at a
May 21, 2002, deadline for public comments which must be in writing.

So what should citizens do when a federal bureaucracy chooses to ignore
the public interest and short-cut the process?  Write our Members of
Congress, that's what!

On behalf of Consumers for Dental Choice, I urge you -- doctors, patients,
consumers, organizations of any type -- to write your concerns to your
United States mEMBER OF Congress and Senators.  (See below to determine who
they are and how to write them.)

Here are some proposed talking points (but write your own letter, of
course).

* Why you are interested in the health effects of mercury dental
  fillings.  Have you been harmed?  Someone you love?  (Be SURE use to use
  the "M" word when you say "amalgam.")

* The FDA is trying to write a rule that not only ignores the risks
  of mercury amalgam dental fillings, but assumes that they are safe.  The FDA
  says they are safe - they are not safe; they contain a half gram of mercury, 
  and the toxic vapors emanate constantly into the body.

* The FDA is using selected old data, ignoring all recent studies,
  even the most recent US Public Health Service Report.

* The FDA wants to classify mercury amalgams as a Class II dental
  device which does not require manufacturers to prove that mercury amalgam is
  safe.  FDA's own rules require a "dental implant" (a device placed in a
  natural or artificially created body cavity) to be classified as a Class III
  which would require the manufacturers to prove mercury amalgam is safe.

* The FDA rule is on a fast track with a May 21, 2002 deadline for
  public comments. The deadline should be extended. The FDA has also
  indicated that it's procedural rules do not require a public hearing and it
  does not plan to hold any public hearings.  However, the FDA is ALLOWED to
  hold public hearings around the country to allow the public the opportunity
  for  meaningful input.

* Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Burton
  (R-IN) will be introducing a bill in the house this month which will ban
  mercury amalgams.  The FDA should extend its process to see what the
  congressional intent is regarding this matter.

* About 12 states have laws or bills before their legislatures on
  this issue.  The FDA rule arguably preempts what the states are doing.
  Matters of health of state citizens is unquestionably a matter of states'
  rights.  If states want to provide greater health protections than the
  federal government, they should be able to do so.

* The FDA, in its proposed rule, says that it "inadvertently"
  forgot to classify mercury amalgam as a CLASS I, II or III dental device.
  But in 1993 the US Public Health Service, in a major report found that
  mercury amalgam should be regulated as a dental device and  recommended that
  the FDA classify mercury amalgam and regulate it according to its
  classification.  Why did FDA wait 8 years before following USPHS's
  recommendation?

* MAKE SPECIFIC REQUESTS OF YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND SENATORS:

 # Congresswoman/Congressman/Senator:

 (1)  Please ask the FDA to extend the time for
      public input for the rule so more people can
      participate and scientists can give FDA the latest information.

 (2)  Please ask the FDA to hold public hearings
      around the country to facilitate greater
      citizen participation.

 (3)  Please ask FDA to use the most recent and most
      relevant research from peer reviewed scientific
      publications instead of old and out-of-date research.

 (4)  The FDA doesn't even have a leader at this time. 
      Please ask the FDA to wait until an FDA Commissioner 
      is on board and can review this terrible proposal.


* HOW TO FIND YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND SENATORS:

  http://www.www.Congress.org

  (Remember, this is your FEDERAL representative, not your state 
  representative.)  

  When you get to the website, on the left side of the page see 
  "elected officials."  Select "U.S. Congress"  and the next  site 
  will allow you to type in your zip code and will identify your member
  of congress for you. You can also find your two state senators.


Thanks for all the good work,

Sandy Duffy,
Consumers for Dental Choice
Lake Oswego, OR
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