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Compilation of all RACP correspondence

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An exercise in trying to get information....

Starting point: Letter of support by RACP on amalgams sent to ADA
Letter from ASOMAT requesting reasons for above support of ADA
Response from RACP 18th June 1996
Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 31st July 1996
Response from RACP 14th August 1996
Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 3rd September 1996
Follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 4th November 1996
Second follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 27th January 1997
Response from RACP 29th April 1997
Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 20th May 1997
Follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 20th June 1997
Final Response from RACP 9th July 1997

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Starting point: Letter of support by RACP on amalgams sent to ADA

17 January 1995
Dr Robert Butler
Executive Director
Australian Dental Association
75 Lithgow Street
ST LEONARDS NSW 2065

Dear Dr Butler

I refer to your correspondence regarding The Australian Dental Association's planned press briefing for Wednesday, 15 February 1995.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians strongly supports the position outlined by The Australian Dental Association as there is no scientific evidence of toxicity after exposure to mercury from dental amalgam. The College therefore endorses your briefing.

Yours sincerely

Professor David Tiller

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Letter from ASOMAT requesting reasons for above support of ADA

24th May 1996
Professor David Tiller,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 Macquarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Professor Tiller,

I am writing regarding your letter dated the 17th January, 1995, to the Australian Dental Association in which you supported the ADA’s position on toxicity from dental amalgams (copy enclosed) Your letter is being circulated to the profession as evidence of support from non-dental bodies affirming the safety of dental amalgams.

Would you be so kind as to forward a copy of the findings of the review which the College carried out on this matter which led to your endorsement of the ADA’s position.

Thanking you in advance,

Yours sincerely

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Response from RACP 18th June 1996

18 June 1996
Dr Roman Lohyn, BDS
8th Floor Currajong House
175 Collins Street
MELBOURNE 3000

Dear Dr Lohyn,

I refer to your letter of 24 May 1996 addressed to the previous President of the College, Professor David Tiller regarding toxicity from dental amalgams.

The new President of the College, Professor Richard Smallwood suggests that you contact the Australian Dental Association regarding the substantial literature on the issue which the College considers supports the ADA’s position - in particular the NH&MRC publication "Dental Amalgams and Mercury" (AGPS Cat No. 93576).

Yours sincerely,

Don Swinbourne

Chief Executive Officer

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Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 31st July 1996

31 July, 1996
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr Swinbourne,

I refer to your letter dated the 18th June 1996 (copy attached).

Please pass on my thanks to Professor Smallwood for his helpful suggestions. As it turns out I was already aware of the material which the Australian Dental Association offers in support of its position on dental amalgam. I am also aware of the NH&MRC publication referred to in your letter.

My original letter (copy attached) specifically sought a copy of any review which the College carried out on the issue of toxicity of dental amalgams. I assumed that since the College was prepared to support the Australian Dental Association’s position on the toxicity of dental amalgams that it would have carried out an independent review of the literature to satisfy itself that such support was warranted, and that such a review, including a list of the research which was reviewed, would be available upon request. If my assumption was incorrect and, in fact, no review was done, would you please advise me how the College determined its position of support for the Australian Dental Association view.

Thank you for your assistance,

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Response from RACP 14th August 1996

14 August 1996
Dr Roman Lohyn
8th Floor Kurrajong House
175 Collins Street
MELBOURNE 3000

Dear Dr Lohyn,

I refer to your letter of 31 July 1996.

The College sought the advice of Fellows expert in the field of toxicity who have considered the relevant literature. The College believed it appropriate to support the views of the Australian Dental Association and the National Health & Medical Research Council as indicated in my previous letter.

Yours sincerely,

Don Swinbourne

Chief Executive Officer

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Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 3rd September 1996

3 September, 1996
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 MacQuarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr. Swinbourne,

Thank you for your letter dated 14 August.

As I understand your reply, the College itself did not examine any research or other documentation in order to arrive at its position in supporting the Australian Dental Association but rather, it relied on the opinion of Fellows expert in the field of toxicity, If this is so, I would be grateful if you would forward the names of the Fellows who were consulted as well as copies of their reports to the College.

Thank you for your assistance,

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 4th November 1996

4th November 1996
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer.
The Royal College of Physicians,
145 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr Swinbourne,

I wrote to you on the 3rd September (copy of letter enclosed) but that letter must have gone astray. I would be grateful for a response to this one.

Thank you for your help,

Yours sincerely

Dr Roman Lohyn

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Second follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 27th January 1997

27 January, 1997
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 MacQuarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Dew Mr, Swinbourne,

I wrote to you on the 3rd September asking for a copy of the report from the Fellow/Fellows whom the College consulted prior to endorsing the position of the Australian Dental Association's views on amalgams and mercury toxicity. You failed to respond and I sent a second letter dated the 4th November repeating my request. (Copies enclosed) You have failed to respond again, so I have sent this letter by registered mail to ensure that you receive this particular letter, just in case Australia Post failed to deliver the previous two.

My request was not unreasonable, and, assuming that you received the previous two letters, I am perplexed by your attitude. I would like to believe that you had a lot on your plate for the last four months or so and that you have been intending to answer my letter as soon as you had a moment. I would be very grateful if you could now make that moment happen and send me a copy of the report compiled by the Fellow/Fellows whom the College consulted, as well as their names. If you are unable to comply with my request would you please inform me of the reason..

I appreciate your cooperation and assistance,

Yours sincerely

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Response from RACP 29th April 1997

29 April, 1997
Dr Roman Lohyn
8th Floor, "Kurrajong House"
175 Collins Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Dear Dr Lohyn

Thank you for your letter of 27 January 1997. I apologise for the delay in replying and having omitted to respond to your earlier letters.

As previously advised, the College consulted with Fellows expert in the field of toxicology, Their advice was conveyed in discussions with the then President and senior office bearers of the College and amounted to an endorsement of the position of the Australian Dental Association and the report of the National health and Medical Research Council. I am unable to provide you with any written reports on those discussions.

Yours sincerely

D W Swinbourne

Chief Executive Officer

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Letter from ASOMAT to RACP 20th May 1997

20 May 1997
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 MacQuarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr. Swinbourne,

Thank you for your letter dated 29th April 1997.

I am sure that it was an oversight on your part but you neglected to give me the names of the Fellows expert in the field of toxicology whom the College consulted. Would you be kind enough to provide those names and details of their academic or professional affiliations.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and prompt reply,

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Follow up letter from ASOMAT to RACP 20th June 1997

 20 June, 1997
Mr. Don Swinbourne,
Chief Executive Officer,
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
145 MacQuarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Mr. Swinbourne,

I have written several letters to you in recent times, most recently the 20th May 1997, asking you for the names of the Fellows expert in toxicology whom the College consulted when making its decision to support the Australian Dental Association position on amalgams and mercury I have also rung the College and left messages for you, to no avail. You seem very reluctant to provide information which I would have thought would be freely offered. Are the names of these Fellows a secret or do you not know who, if anybody, was actually consulted?

Because I am a dentist I have a legitimate interest in this subject. My requests to you have been reasonable and polite and I have been patient waiting for your replies. If you have no intention of providing the names and affiliations as I have requested in previous letters, or if nobody actually knows who these Fellows were, please just say so and I will stop bothering you, otherwise I would be grateful if you could take a few moments yourself, or delegate it to your assistant, and send the information which I have requested. If it is easier to fax it please do so to (03) 9650-816 1.

As always, I appreciate your cooperation and assistance,

Yours sincerely

Dr. Roman Lohyn

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Final Response from RACP 9th July 1997

9 July 1997
Dr Roman Lohyn, BIDS
8th Floor, Kurrajong House
175 Collins Street
MELBOURNE 3000

Dear Dr Lohyn,

I refer to your letters of 20 May and 20 June 1997 regarding the names of the Fellows expert in the field of toxicology who provided advice supporting the position of the Australian Dental Association and the National Health & Medical Research Council in relation to toxicity from dental amalgams.

I am not authorised to provide the names of those Fellows. The statement of support provided by the College in 1995 was issued by the then President, Professor David Tiller.

I am sorry that I am unable to assist you any further with your enquires and regard our communications on this matter as at an end.

Yours sincerely,

Don Swinbourne

Chief Executive Officer

 

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