To the Editor.—
I believe Pediatrics casts a long shadow in the lives of many of its readers; I know it does for me. Therefore, it disturbs me to see an advertisement (Pediatrics 1985;75:A47) concerning the use of benzocaine-containing baby Orajel for "teething" pain. I realize that the ad contains no direct endorsement by the Academy, but it does imply, at least to me, tacit approval by its very existence in the journal. The section in the ad marked "Important Note" implies that the Committee on Drugs of the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that Orajel is alright to use because it does not contain alcohol.
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