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New Sunscreen Regulations Delayed Six Months

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

In a move that critics say will lead to more sun damaged skin this summer, the FDA has announced that sunscreen companies have an extra six months to implement new guidelines on how to label their products. reports:

Last summer, the FDA told manufacturers they had until this June to revise their sunscreen labels in order to distinguish brands that could be labeled as “broad spectrum,” meaning they protect against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, which contribute to skin cancer and early skin aging. The new guidelines also say brands cannot claim to be sweatproof or waterproof on their labels, to alert users that they must reapply the products.

Manufacturers said they were having difficulty meeting the original deadline, which is less than a month away. So in a formal announcement, the FDA said it will give companies six more months, until December, to make the necessary changes. Smaller companies have an even more generous deadline of December 2013.

The agency argues that without the extension, there would be sunscreen shortages. “We asked for the additional time,” Farah Ahmed, chair of the sunscreen task force at the Personal Care Products Council, told USA Today. Ahmed said changing labels on thousands of products “is a huge undertaking” and that unprepared manufacturers wouldn’t be able to ship new products after June 18, resulting in shortages.

“The FDA took a major step backwards today, and as a result, more consumers will likely get burned this summer,” Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed told the Associated Press. Reed has long encouraged the FDA to enforce stricter sunscreen regulations.

Image: Child with sunscreen, via Shutterstock.

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Task Force: Appeal to Teen Vanity to Reduce UV Ray Exposure

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The sun’s rays can be dangerous, raising the risk of skin cancers, which is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.  A new report from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that parents, doctors, and media appeal to teenagers’ sense of vanity to convince them to avoid tanning beds, and to wear sunscreen and protective clothing. reports:

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft this week, recommending counseling for people between the ages 10 and 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their ultraviolet radiation exposure. The group routinely makes recommendations about what sort of preventive services should be used in medical care.

The most effective method for reaching this demographic was using booklets, photographs and videos showing how the sun ages and damages skin. This approach was especially convincing for female teens, who were most likely to use indoor tanning beds.

“Appearance-focused messages were successful at reducing intent to pursue this behavior,” according to the report released by the task force.

“We’ll take what we can get,” said Dr. Virginia Moyer, the panel chair of the task force.  “From the standpoint of accomplishing the goal of decreasing UV exposure, that goal was best accomplished using appearance-based counseling.”

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