FDA Advisory Panel Debates Science On Human Adverse Biological Reactions To Metal-Containing Devices
US FDA scientists and immunological experts discussed the latest science regarding patients’ biological reactions to metal implants and mercury in dental amalgam at a 13-14 November agency advisory committee meeting. The get-together was held to determine what additional actions the FDA can take to make sure certain patients are protected from immunological risks of the implants. The panel ultimately backed a transition away from mercury amalgam dental fillings and pushed for more research into risks associated with metal implants.
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