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July 7, 2015

Congress Presses FDA on Sunscreen; Surgeon General Warns on Skin Cancer

The House earlier this week quietly passed by voice vote a bill that would streamline the Food and Drug Administration application process for sunscreen ingredients. The measure sets a specific timetable to review applications.

CQ Roll Call’s Melissa Attias reported during committee consideration of the bill earlier this month that eight new sunscreen applications, for ingredients, which are available elsewhere in the world, have been filed since 2002 and are still awaiting FDA reviews. The bill now awaits a Senate vote.

Action on the bill coincidentally coincides with the summertime – beach season release – of a Call to Action from the U.S. Surgeon General on Wednesday to consumers and health care providers to ramp up efforts to get the word out on the importance of using sun protection products.

The Surgeon General notes that skin cancer “is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States [and] is a major public health problem that requires immediate action.”



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