Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: A recent Medical News &
Perspectives article described a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) report on chemicals found in humans.1
Some concern was raised about phthalates.
Phthalates are substances used to soften plastics in products such as
medical devices (eg, endotracheal tubes, ventilator tubing, bags for intravenous
solutions), toys, and food packaging, and are also important in the manufacture
of pharmaceuticals and personal care products such as cosmetics and lotions.
They have been researched for half a century and are among the most thoroughly
studied compounds used in industry.
Phillips SD. Safety of Phthalates. JAMA. 2001;286(12):1450-1451. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1447