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The ones that were coming out of the Dept. of Health and Human Services? Well, Congress is now investigating formula companies' involvement in the toning down of the ads:<br><br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/30/AR2007083002198.html?nav=rss_email/components" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...ail/components</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The formula industry's intervention -- which did not block the ads but helped change their content -- is being scrutinized by Congress in the wake of last month's testimony by former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona that the Bush administration repeatedly allowed political considerations to interfere with his efforts to promote public health.<br><br>
Rep. Henry A. Waxman's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating allegations from former officials that Carmona was blocked from participating in the breast-feeding advocacy effort and that those designing the ad campaign were overruled by superiors at the formula industry's insistence.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Gina Ciagne, the office's public affairs specialist for the campaign, said, "We were ready to go with our risk-based campaign -- making breast-feeding a real public health issue -- when the formula companies learned about it and came in to complain. Before long, we were told we had to water things down, get rid of the hard-hitting ads and generally make sure we didn't somehow offend."<br><br>
Ciagne and others involved in the campaign said the pushback coincided with a high-level lobbying campaign by formula makers, which are mostly divisions of large pharmaceutical companies that are among the most generous campaign donors in the nation.<br><br>
The campaign the industry mounted was a Washington classic -- a full-court press to reach top political appointees at HHS, using influential former government officials, now working for the industry, to act as go-betweens.</td>
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(It's a really long article, these are just quotes of the basic points.)
 

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I haven't read the article yet....but you know who else blocked the ads? The American Academy of Pediatrics.
 

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They may be investigating it for show, but it isn't like they didn't know or that they will do anything about it. Money talks.
 

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Ugh. That's just so freaking crappy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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its also posted at MSNBC with lots of hoopla. have I mentioned how tired I am of the "formula feeding mothers guilt" line? totally tired of it.
 

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Was just coming here to post this. I am totally not surprised but yet still shocked...why i don't know....<br><br>
This is how i feel when I read stuff like this:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I haven't read the article yet....but you know who else blocked the ads? The American Academy of Pediatrics.</div>
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From what I read in the MSNBC article posted in another thread, only "Carden Johnston, then president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, supported the block on the ads...But it angered many of the medical group's members and the head of its section on breast-feeding, Lawrence M. Gartner, a Chicago physician. Gartner told Thompson in a letter that the 800 members of the breast-feeding section did not share Johnston's concerns and had not known of his letter."<br><br>
Source: <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20523460/" target="_blank">Page 2 of this article.</a><br><br>
I hate that politics is so nasty. I'm glad this is coming to light, though. Shame on those who caved to the pressure.
 
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