Columbia, Mo.—Following nearly a year of discussions that originated with a request from a private citizen to stop fluoridating the city's water supply, the Columbia City Council voted unanimously Nov. 4 to continue fluoridating.
New Orleans—In balloting Nov. 4 at the House of Delegates, Dr. Maxine Feinberg of Westfield, N.J., was elected president-elect of the American Dental Association, and Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin of Freeport, Maine, was elected second vice president.
Washington— The Association commended public health provisions in a global mercury treaty that “upholds the use of dental amalgam, a durable, safe, effective cavity-filling material.” The United States signed and offered acceptance documents Nov. 6, joining other nations in moving the legally binding treaty forward.
Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will recommend a more restrictive classification of certain pain medications prescribed by physicians and dentists to "increase the controls on these products." The decision could lead to a reclassification by the Drug Enforcement Administration of hydrocodone-containing combination drug products such as Vicodin.