Looking for protection from under the sun

Skin cancer is target of legislators

Toledo Blade

Time to hit the beach, with better sunscreen and more products to choose from.

That’s the message from several members of Congress co-sponsoring legislation called the Sunscreen Innovation Act.

They claim the United States has fallen behind Canada and Europe in the number and quality of sunscreen products, a situation congressmen attribute to U.S. Food and Drug Administration bureaucracy.

With skin cancer on the rise, the bill, introduced in both chambers of Congress in March, requires the FDA to accelerate its review process.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said several Ohio companies manufacture safe sunscreen ingredients that have been used in Canada and Europe for years.

But, he said, many of their applications for new products have been held up by the cumbersome FDA review process for a decade or more.

Seven active ingredients are approved for use in sunscreen sold in Europe, compared with three in the United States, Mr. Brown said.

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