April 8, 1974

Spray-Adhesive Ban Lifted

JAMA. 1974;228(2):156. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230270016004

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To the Editor.—  In the September 24, 1973, issue of The Journal (225:1581, 1973), you published the article, "Possible Link to Chromosomal Gaps Leads to Ban on Spray Adhesives." Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced its intention to remove the ban on the spray adhesives, effective March 1, 1974. This was based on the review of considerable data submitted to the CPSC by government, industry, and independent investigators.Unfortunately, the general public read the press releases at the onset of the ban and were greatly alarmed. Much anxiety was created in pregnant women and in others who were anticipating starting their families. Little medical information was given them or the medical profession since that time.Now that the ban is to be lifted, I think that physicians and the American public should be informed. The information should include the medical facts and should be adequate to relieve their