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  MOLT: The Museum of the Menovulatory Lifetime

October 1979: The national roll-out of Proctor & Gamble’s superabsorbant Rely tampon begins, and with it, the first of thousands of menstruating women develop toxic shock syndrome. Ultimately, more than 38 women will die as a result of the “superabsorbancy race*” sparked by the introduction of Rely. MOLT dates the toxic shock outbreak’s 25th anniversary (or, simply, TSOA25) to May 1980, when “investigators reported to the CDC 55 cases of toxic-shock syndrome, a newly-recognized illness...”

* S Tom Reilly, “The Price of a Life: One Woman’s Death from Toxic Shock”

Thus far, a commemorative void surrounds TSOA25. MOLT believes the tampon industry, and most especially Proctor & Gamble, should provide the “no-strings-attached” funding for the memorial and museum, in an act of corporate atonement for the marketplace violence** they perpetuated on unsuspecting female consumers 25 years ago, and to some degree, still perpetuate. What do you think? Let MOLT know at www.moltx.org/brokentampon.html.

** Not to be confused with domestic violence - sorry, P&G-funded V-Day.

 
In Congress:

Robin Danielson Act
HR 3411 IH (House)

January 22, 2005 


 
Title: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in feminine hygiene products, and to establish a program for the collection and analysis of data on toxic shock syndrome.

Latest Major Action: 7/22/2005 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Robin Danielson Act
HR 373 IH (House)

January 27, 2003 


 

Title: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in feminine hygiene products, and to establish a program for the collection and analysis of data on toxic shock syndrome.

Latest Major Action: 2/3/2003 Referred to the subcommittee on Health

Summary of Tampon Safety Legislation
February 20, 2001 

  In the 107th Congress, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney introduced an important piece of legislation aimed at protecting women's health.

Robin Danielson Act
HR 360 IH (House)

January 31, 2001 

  Title: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in feminine hygiene products, and to establish a program for the collection and analysis of data on toxic shock syndrome.

Latest Major Action: 2/14/2001 Referred to House subcommittee

Tampon Research and Safety Act of 1999
H.R.890

March 1, 1999 

Title: To provide for research to determine the extent to which the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in tampons and similar products used by women with respect to menstruation pose any risks to the health of women, including risks relating to cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, immune system deficiencies, pelvic inflammatory disease, and toxic shock syndrome, and for other purposes.

Latest Major Action: 3/11/1999 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health and Environment

H.R.2900
November 7, 1997 

  Title: To provide for research to determine the extent to which the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in tampons and similar products used by women with respect to menstruation pose any risks to the health of women, including risks relating to cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, immune system deficiencies, pelvic inflammatory disease, and toxic shock syndrome, and for other purposes.

Latest Major Action: 11/14/1997 Referred to House subcommittee

More on Tampons and Menstruation

Tampons and Asbestos, Dioxin, & Toxic Shock Syndrome
July 23, 1999
 
FDA regulates the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including tampons. Recently it has come to the agency's attention that allegations about tampons are being spread over the Internet. It is alleged that tampons are contaminated by asbestos and dioxin during manufacture, and that rayon fibers cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The available scientific evidence does not support these rumors. The following information will help answer concerns.

 respond to the menstruation questionnaire 

 
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