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September 26, 2001

Safety of Phthalates—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1450-1451. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1447

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.