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Letters: Questioning government trust

July 11, 2016 Dr. Jon Pike is very naïve if he thinks government agencies are fair and reasonable (Letters, May 16 ADA News). A group of highly respected oral surgeons in my community had the state health department and the Food and Drug Administration essentially invade their office a couple of years ago. Their practice is — as best as anyone can tell — meticulously run. They practice by following all of the guidelines that are required by law. They were, nevertheless, the unpleasant subject of the evening news as a result of the investigation. Both of the surgeons involved are double- degree, oral and maxillofacial surgeons trained at highly respected institutions. One is also a fully trained plastic as well as a maxillofacial surgeon.

I would say without exception the dentists in Rhode Island were appalled by the way they were treated by our government agencies. The result of this action was a lawsuit against the state by them and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons on their behalf. I am unaware of any fines that they paid, but they have spent a fortune on the lawsuit. I believe I can reasonably state the personal stress on them has been enormous.

Dr. Pike should proceed with caution before he puts so much trust in the government. Government agencies often have their own agendas. They are not our friends or saviors. Their agenda may not be to protect us or the public but may be driven by some self-serving interest.

Melvin Hanzel, D.M.D.
Warwick, Rhode Island