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Did Koop Benefit >From Latex Maker?

      Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, who insisted to government officials that latex gloves were safe, apparently received money from a latex glove manufacturer.
      According to a report in today's edition of The New York Times, Dr. Koop spokeswoman Mary Beth Zupa acknowledges that Dr. Koop was paid under a four-year $1 million contract signed with latex glove maker WRP Corp. in 1994. But Zupa says the contract didn't last the full four years and it didn't have anything to do with the company's latex division.
      In 1997, Dr. Koop told the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that latex gloves did not pose a health risk to workers who used them. Studies have shown that latex gloves cause allergic reactions in people who have a sensitivity to latex. Last March, Dr. Koop testified before Congress that health hazards connected to latex gloves were exaggerated.
      Documents filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission showed WRP Corp. paid an unidentified spokesperson $656,250 in consulting fees through February 1997. A representative from WRP told The New York Times that spokesperson was Dr. Koop.
      Dr. Koop, who served as Surgeon General for eight years, is one of the most recognizable health experts in the United States and became well known for his anti-tobacco efforts. Last month, the 82-year-old physician was criticized by the medical community for blurring the line between objective information and advertising content on his Web site DrKoop.com. Medical ethicists also accused him of not fully disclosing his business connections. Dr. Koop.com is a competitor of OnHealth.com
Warmly, lillian

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