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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 25, 1980-Page 3
Rely tampons in dorm kits present risk
Health Service official warns 'U'
From AP and staff reports
A Health Service spokeswoman
yesterday warned °University women
against using tampons that were part of
complimentary "Godd Stuff" kits
placed in residence halls during
Health Educator Gail Ryan said she
wanted University women to be aware
that Rely brand tampons were in the
SALE OF THE product has been
Suspended by the manufacturer, Proc-
ter and Gamble, because of its alleged
association with the sometimes fatal
disease, Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Ryan doubted any cases of the
disease have appeared in the area. "I
probably would have heard of cases of
TSS in Ann Arbor, but I can't say for
sure whether there have been any," she
The Food and Drug Administration
urged women yesterday to stop using
Rely brand tampons after receiving
results from a second study showing a
much closer correlation between the
disease and use of Rely brand than
between the disease and use of other
RELY'S MAKER, the Cincinnati-
based Procter & Gamble Co., suspen-
ded sales of the product on Monday
because of the controversy.
Spokeswoman Marjorie Bradford said
telegrams had been sent to retailers
advising them to return unsold supplies
of the product to Procter & Gamble. But
she was uncertain how many notices
were sent or how retailers who were
missed would be contacted.
Consumers also are being told that
they can return proofs of purchase from
boxes of Rely they have at home for
The new study was down by the Utah
state health department. Evaluating
data on 24 toxic shock cases and 59
similar women in a control group, the
researchers found that 62 per cent of
the cases used Rely compared to 24 per
cent of the controls. Among the other
cases, 21 per cent used Tampax brand,
8 per cent used Playtex, 8 per cent
Kotex, and none used 0.b. Among the
controls, 31 per cent used Tampax, 29
per cent used Kotex, 12 per cent used
Playtex, and 5 per cent used o.b.
"OUR ADVICE to the public is,
women should stop using Rely tam-
pons," FDA spokesman Wayne Pines
said. "Women who want to reduce still
further the very small risk of toxic
shock syndrome may want to either use
napkins rather than tampons during
part of their period or use other tam-
The FDA also is encouraging further
research on the disease. Toxic schock
syndrome is caused by a bacterial in-
fection with Staphylococcus aureus, not
by tampons. One evidence is that the
disease has been contracted by women
who are not menstruating and by some
men. But the overwhelming number of
cases involves menstruating women,
usually 30 or younger.
The symptoms are sudden onset of
high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a rapid
drop in blood pressure often resulting in
shock, and a sunburn-like rash,
followed by skin peeling.
The FDA and company represen-
tatives met on Tuesday to discuss how
Procter & Gamble will proceed with the
voluntary recall. Several lawsuits
against the company already have been
filed in the wake of the data on tampons
and toxic shock.
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