Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday she’s open to reviewing the industry’s “unique” requirements, including those requiring dental products to be packaged in containers that don’t contain dental sealant.
Burwell also said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked for more information on the dental sealants used by the products.
“It’s one of those things where, when you get the facts and you look at what they do and how they’re packaged, I think it’s a good thing,” Burwell told reporters at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) conference.
“We’ve got a lot of questions about that, and I think that’s what we’re looking for,” she said.
Burwell said that her department is also considering whether dental products can be labeled “cure all” or “non-cure.”
In the past, Burwell has resisted the labeling of dental products that are sold to the public as cures.
In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia B. Burwes, Burwens office said that it was up to HHS to make such labeling.
Burwes office has been more outspoken in its criticism of the industry than Burwell, and said Wednesday that it “does not want to be seen as a consumer protection agency.”
Burwens letter to the HHS secretary came just days after the agency said it had been unable to determine the extent to which the sealant industry was working with other industries on the issue of health and dental products.
Burrows office has also taken steps to expand the definition of a product to include the “health, safety, efficacy and non-maliciousness” of the product, which was previously defined as a “chemical formulation, cosmetic formulation, or other cosmetic product that contains, contains with, or is formulated with the aid of a food.”
Burwell also noted that some companies that are listed as FDA-approved dental sealers were recently found to be making unsafe products.
The FDA is working with the industry to make sure the product labels are accurate, Burwaes office said.
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