U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown backs sunscreen bill to speed up FDA review of new ingredients

Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While it's unlikely that new, more effective sunscreens will be available on shelves in the United States before the end of summer, members of Congress hope that a bipartisan effort gaining traction will put the Food and Drug Administration on notice about the need for better tools to help protect against skin cancer.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, on Monday underscored the need for the FDA to move more quickly to tackle a decade-long backlog of sunscreen products for review.

The FDA hasn't accepted a new sunscreen product since 1999.

"The FDA's job is to block harmful rays, not to block sunscreen ingredients that can protect against these harmful rays," Brown said during a news conference.

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