August 29, 2003
Koretz said, "Since January, I've tried to negotiate quietly with representatives to encourage them to phase out nonoxynol-9," adding, "They've dug in their heels and now refuse to meet with California health officials." Wesson said that condom makers should put "ethics over profit," according to the Times. He added, "They must stop and they must stop now. It is just the right thing to do" (Los Angeles Times, 8/28). Weinstein said, "Almost three years after [the CDC] issued a strong letter warning that condoms made using nonoxynol-9 can actually increase the likelihood of HIV transmission, it still remains business as usual -- profit over public health -- for these condom companies" (AHF release, 8/27). Church & Dwight officials said in a statement, "Calls for the market removal of condoms lubricated with the spermicide N-9 could confuse consumers about the benefits of using condoms to reduce the risk of disease transmission and potentially reduce condom use. Any decrease in overall condom use could have significant public health consequences." The company added that condom makers are "already working with the FDA on revised labeling for condoms lubricated with nonoxynol-9 to ensure they are used appropriately" (Los Angeles Times, 8/28). The FDA in January proposed a new label for over-the-counter contraceptives that contain nonoxynol-9, warning that the substance does not protect against HIV or other STDs and may increase the risk of HIV and STD transmission (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/17). Ansell Limited representatives did not return calls seeking comment, according to the Times (Los Angeles Times, 8/28).
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