Andre Cicolella (RES, Paris)

André Cicolella is a French chemist, toxicologist and researcher in environmental health, specialist in health risk assessment. Eva pour la vie co-financed, with the REGARDS collective, the French transposition of a study carried out in Denmark from cancer and drug consumption registers, which had highlighted a risk multiplied by 3 of osteosarcomas and by 2 of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas in the event of exposure via drugs using DEP phthalate (DiEthyl Phthalate) in gastro-resistant drugs.

The Journal of National Cancer Institute published in June 2022 a study conducted in Denmark based on cancer and drug consumption registers. A 20-year follow-up highlights a risk multiplied by 3 of osteosarcomas and by 2 of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas in the event of exposure via drugs using DEP phthalate (DiEthyl Phthalate) in gastro-resistant drugs. The risk is statistically significant at the 95% level.

The transposition to the French reality on a purely demographic level (270 cases over 20 years) gives an order of magnitude but should not be taken literally, due to the lack of comparison on the specific consumption of each country.

It seems plausible that contamination of children and adolescents via environmental sources (mainly personal care products) could have played a role.

The scientific literature also clearly highlights the fact that DEP cannot be considered as a neutral excipient. It interacts with other phthalates and even with other families of Endocrine Disruptors, such as perfluorides in the genesis of childhood diseases. It also more specifically impacts osteoblasts.

The results suggest that this phthalate should be eliminated from consumer products and in priority from medicines. The recent roadmap of the European Commission on chemical products has provided for the elimination of major families of endocrine disruptors such as phthalates.

References :

Sarah Bachir "Childhood cancers, phthalates and drugs" Internship dissertation for the 5th year of Pharmacy Industry and Research - Toxicology specialty. Faculty of Pharmacy of Paris.

Thomas P Ahern, Logan G Spector, Per Damkier, Buket Öztürk Esen, Sinna P Ulrichsen, Katrine Eriksen, Timothy L Lash, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Deirdre P Cronin-Fenton. Medication-Associated Phthalate Exposure and Childhood Cancer Incidence J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Jun 13;114(6):885-894. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac045

Sarah Bachir's internship carried out at the Health Environment Network from April to August 2022. Internship supervisor André Cicolella.

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