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Ear Candling Lawsuit Against the FDA Dismissed

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“A 1996 survey, reported in the journal Laryngoscope, found that 14 out of 144 ear, nose, and throat physicians surveyed had seen patients who had been harmed by ear candling, including at least 13 cases of external burns, seven cases of ear canal obstruction with candle wax, and one perforated eardrum.”

The Candler’s Association’s lawsuit was dismissed because the court supported that “warning letters” are routinely used by the FDA to encourage companies to voluntarily agree to comply with the agency’s request. “Final agency actions” are a final step in a formal decision-making process by the FDA to ban the devices, which was not the case.


No Hearing for Ear Candle Case Against FDA, Court Says
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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

Edited by Jody Smith

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