Steve Toloken´s April 16 story "Coalition seeks phthalates testing funds" (Page 20) inaccurately characterized the recent resolution passed by the California Medical Association when he wrote, "The California Medical Association passed a resolution recently urging further study of DEHP-containing products in pediatric intensive-care units. But it rejected tougher language, a CMA spokesman said."
The resolution that was passed went well beyond calling only for further study of DEHP. The declaration also:
* "Strongly urges all hospitals to phase out their use of PVC products containing DEHP in neonatal intensive-care units and encourages the use of commercially available alternatives.
* "Calls upon health professionals, especially those involved in the care of critically ill infants, to encourage the institutions with which they are associated to adopt purchasing policies that will lead to the increasing use of non-DEHP medical devices in neonatal intensive-care units."
* "Encourages medical device manufacturers to continue developing PVC-free and DEHP-free medical devices while phasing out production of those that contain PVC and/or DEHP due to problems associated with their disposal."
The full text of the CMA resolution appears on CMA´s Web site, www.cmanet.org.
We urge Plastics News reporters to be more thorough in their review of the facts. PN readers deserve a full representation of the information, which should not be compromised at the expense of a deadline.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Jackie Hunt Christensen
Health Care Without Harm