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Statement by 911 Health Watch on the World Trade Center Administrator’s decision to not include on the list of conditions covered for treatment by the program Peripheral Neuropathy

April 5, 2016

For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch
April 5th 2016

Statement by 911 Health Watch on the World Trade Center Administrator’s decision to not include on the list of conditions covered for treatment by the program Peripheral Neuropathy.

“The World Trade Center Administrator in a decision posted in the Federal Register has decided not to include on the list of conditions covered for treatment by the program Peripheral Neuropathy.

The summary of the Federal Register notice states:

“On January 5, 2016, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition (Petition 010) to add peripheral neuropathy to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). Upon reviewing the scientific and medical literature, including information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that the available evidence does not have the potential to provide a basis for a decision on whether to add peripheral neuropathy to the List. The Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.”

“911 Health Watch knows that this decision is a disappointment for many 9/11 responders, survivors, their families and their physicians who believe that their Peripheral Neuropathy was caused by exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, but as with earlier determinations with respect to cancer, we are certain that if more evidence becomes available to justify it, the program will respond to include the conditions in the future.”