Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: I stand by my statement made at the
press conference on March 21, 2001. Since Dr Phillips has responded to an
article written about my comments, rather than the actual comments themselves,
it may be helpful to recount what I actually said.
I noted that the measured levels of the metabolites of 2 specific phthalates,
dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP), were surprisingly high
compared with previous exposure estimates made by expert panels based on considerations
of production. I made no reference to environmental sampling, as reported
in the Medical News & Perspectives story.
Balbus JM. Safety of Phthalates—Reply. JAMA. 2001;286(12):1450-1451. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1447