The U.S. has made “minimal progress” in reducing harmful exposures in the U.S. over the past 20 years — even as alternatives become available and other jurisdictions, notably Europe and California, take steps to reduce patient risk, say Reps. Katie Porter, Jackie Speier, Anna Eshoo, Lucille Roybal-Allard (all D-Calif.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)….
“Patients should not be exposed to phthalates and EDCs [endocrine-disrupting chemicals] when they seek medical treatment,” the representatives wrote in a letter to acting Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Janet Woodcock. “It’s also not something parents should worry about when their infant is receiving critical treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit.”
The Congresswomen called on the FDA to create a “senior level” working group to do three things:
- Review and update FDA guidelines on the use of phthalates and other hormone-hijacking chemicals in IV bags and other medical equipment.
- Identify and recommend rules needed to protect patients from toxics exposure in medical products.
- Establish an education program to build “clinician awareness” of the risks of using medical devices with toxic additives like DEHP.
“The time for action on this health risk is long overdue,” the lawmakers said….
I’m afraid we have even bigger health risks, which are the FDA, CDC and the HHS in general.