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CPSC Finds No Basis For DryMax Rash Claims

September 4, 2010

New diaper design does not cause irritation, agency finds.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) have found no link between Pampers Dry Max diapers and diaper rash. The study came after several incident reports claiming that the new diaper design caused burning, itching and general diaper rash in children, claims that Procter & Gamble has repeatedly denied.

Both agencies will continue to evaluate consumer complaints related to Pampers Dry Max diapers and will provide parents with updated information if this assessment changes. As always, parents and caregivers are advised to seek the attention of a medical professional if they have any concerns about adverse health reactions.

From April through August 2010, CPSC received nearly 4700 incident reports about diaper rash. Nearly 85% of these complaints came in May and then dropped off significantly. As part of its technical evaluation, staff from each agency considered certain characteristics of the diaper, including the materials used, the construction of the diaper and heat and moisture retention issues.

In addition, CPSC staff reviewed clinical and toxicological data found in published, peer-reviewed medical literature. CPSC also critically reviewed data submitted by Procter & Gamble and the results of a human cumulative irritation patch study conducted by P&G in May 2010. Further, chemistry, toxicology and pediatric medicine information provided by Health Canada was reviewed by CPSC.

"We are thankful that the U.S. CPSC and Health Canada conducted their thorough reviews and have not identified any cause for concern with Pampers with Dry Max," said Jodi Allen, vice president of Pampers. "Our heartfelt mission is always to care for and protect babies, and as such, safety is, and will always be, our number one priority. We hope that today's announcement will reassure the millions of moms and dads and child caregivers who place their trust in Pampers and Dry Max every day. We thank our customers for their continued support and greatly value and appreciate the trust they place in us.

While the investigation thus far does not find a link between the diapers and the health complaints received, CPSC recognizes the serious concerns expressed by parents. CPSC staff cannot rule out that there may exist a health concern for some babies, especially those babies that may be sensitive and develop rashes or other skin problems as a result of contact with the materials in this or other products.

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