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Conflict of Interest in American Academy of Pediatrics Report
Date:2/4/2008

ists that included Physicians for Social Responsibility, the precautionary principle states: "When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."

"Plainly, the precautionary principle calls for protective action whether or not there is a scientifically determined risk," said Lee. "More directly, the principle promotes politics over science; if the scientific evidence does not matter, then the policy is based on politics."

Additionally, the WSRP seeks to eliminate the use of phthalates, the subject of study in Dr. Sathyanarayana's AAP report. According to the group's website, the "WPSR engages health professionals to protect children's health and eliminate toxic chemicals. WPSR works with health care facilities to phase out the use of PVC, phthalates and brominated flame retardants."

"It is inconceivable that Dr. Sathyanarayana's study can present scientific data in a fair and unbiased manner in light of her leadership position in an organization that uses the precautionary principle as the basis of its approach to health," Lee continued. "Especially when that organization has publicly stated its politically-motivated intent to eliminate the use of phthalates."

CFIF wants to be clear that in no way does CFIF question the integrity of the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding its publication of Dr. Sathyanarayana's study.

"We question whether the American Academy of Pediatrics is even aware of Dr. Sathyanarayana's political activism and campaign against phthalates," said Lee. "It's our hope that they will appropriately communicate that information to their members and the general public," Lee concluded.

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