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FDA to review safety of dental fillings containing mercury.

FDA to review safety of dental fillings containing mercury.

The Chicago Tribune(12/11, Zajac) reported, "Prodded by consumer and dental activists, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the scientific evidence underlying its pronouncement less than 18 months ago that dental fillings containing mercury do not cause harm to patients."

Notably, "an advisory panel of outside experts will meet next week to re-examine the basis of the FDA's conclusions in the latest chapter of a lengthy battle with groups who believe the agency is understating possible links between the mercury in dental amalgam and neurological and other health problems."

This "review is 'not being taken because of new data' and 'at this time, the FDA is not modifying its existing guidance' that mercury fillings are safe, Nancy Stade, deputy director for policy in the FDA's medical device center, said in a press briefing Thursday."

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