FDA’s Plan to “End Game” Our Movement
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg organized and held a staff meeting to work on the mercury amalgam rule on July 1 . . . so we have learned from our freedom-of-information-act request. Indeed, the Commissioner was insistent about it -- she had the meeting rescheduled several times to ensure that she could make it. Her executive assistant wrote the Center for Devices, “This meeting really needs to happen next week.” http://www.toxicteeth.org/scheduling%20briefing.pdf
That same month, Dr. Hamburg was cashing Henry Schein stock options and contacted Schein directly at least once, and the next month Schein’s CEO was issuing a hale & hearty “thank you” to Margaret Hamburg.
So much for that FDA form letter to thousands of you with those bogus claims that Commissioner Hamburg was “not involved.” Dr.
FDA leaders realize that they set off an international uproar with their mercury amalgam policy. Their rule conceals the mercury from American consumers, especially the most vulnerable -- pregnant women and young children. FDA’s rule hands corporate giants like Henry Schein Inc. the ability to sell mercury-based dental products without disclosures or warnings, denying consumers the fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health. All along, FDA’s top brass has been hoping against hope that we would never find out about Margaret Hamburg’s staff meeting on the amalgam rule.
So is FDA concerned about consumers? No, FDA is working on a plan to silence us.
The “problem,” said George Strait, FDA Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, in an August 14 memo to Commissioner Hamburg, Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, and media aide Mary Pepper Long, “is that there will be no end to Brown,” http://www.toxicteeth.org/endgame-email-from-Strait.doc
Strait proposes a solution, and it’s this:
“A communications end game re: Brown.”
So FDA wants to silence this movement. FDA wants to stop us from exercising our First Amendment rights to speak out against its heartless action against
Today I wrote my letter to Congress, which will be posted soon on our newly revised website, www.toxicteeth.org; now it’s your turn. Here’s how you call and write your Congresswoman or Congressman in
Talking Points to your Representative (that is, your Congressman/Congresswoman)
* FDA’s rule conceals the mercury in amalgam from consumers.
* FDA’s rule benefits Commissioner Hamburg’s corporate benefactor, Henry Schein.
* Commissioner Hamburg participated despite claiming that she was recused for ethical reasons.
* FDA proposes to silence critics of the rule via an “end game.”
Tell the Democratic Congresswomen and Congressmen that FDA under
Tell the Republican Congresswomen and Congressmen that FDA under
FDA hopes you say nothing. FDA hopes you do nothing. Then FDA can accomplish its “end game” -- against us.
16 September 2009
Charles G. Brown, National Counsel
Consumers for Dental Choice
316 F St., N.E., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20002
Ph. 202.544-6333; fax 202.544-6331
Working for Mercury-Free Dentistry