Largest Water Wholesaler in Southern California Sued for Illegal Use of anUnapproved Drug to Fulfill Fluoridation Program
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alleging willful misrepresentationand deceptive business practices by Metropolitan Water District of SouthernCalifornia, attorneys for citizen/consumers from San Diego, Los Angeles andVentura Counties filed a lawsuit in the public interest of millions of consumers inSouthern California, citing that MWD of SoCal has made claims of safely andeffectively treating and preventing dental disease in recipient consumers, whileselecting and delivering a hydrofluosilicic acid drug through their water systemthat has never been approved for safety and effectiveness, nor in the expecteddosages delivered by MWD through retail water districts, either topically,systemically through ingestion, or trans-dermal exposures through baths andshowers.In legal action which may impact the decision-making of water districts acrossthe country employing the same practices, the lawsuit filed on August 9 in U.S.District Court, Southern District of California, addresses the Constitutional rightof Plaintiffs to be free of bodily intrusion from a drug that has not been approvedfor MWD's intent to alter the physical structure and bodily functions to make aperson's teeth more resistant to the demineralization process of tooth decaywithout their consent.While some consumers may elect to purchase bottled water for drinking,virtually all consumers are captive to exposures from baths and showers, assimple filtration and most non-commercial methods do not remove the product,resulting in exposures to consumers similar to that of medications delivered byseasickness or nicotine patches."This case does not challenge the public policy of fluoridation," states KyleNordrehaug, attorney for the Plaintiffs. "It does challenge MWD's bait andswitch tactics of orchestrating statements by them and their down-linedistributors of water to individual consumers when MWD knew that the actualdrug product that they deliver had never had a toxicological study performed onthe health and behavioral effects of its continued use until 2010, much lessapproval for MWD's perpetuation of absolute health claims."Despite early misrepresentations in the media, MWD of SoCal is not compelledto fluoridate its water by the State of California, and the costs of adding theunapproved drug are being borne by consumers in the form of rate hikeswithout water districts providing ratepayers clear notice of what the extra costsare for, or obtaining their consent.