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FDA Will Review Safety Of Dental Amalgams In Light Of New Data

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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CDRH is willing to do some more number-crunching on its 2009 decision that mercury from dental amalgam is safe for all patients, in light of new data that most of the U.S. population may be exposed to higher levels of the toxin in their fillings than is acceptable, FDA officials said at a recent advisory panel meeting.

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