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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    New regulations for sunscreen products

     The FDA is completing sunscreen label changes designed to give consumers a better idea of the sun protection they’re getting.

    The highpoints

    • Sunscreens will be subjected to lab and human skin tests using a standardized sun simulator.
    • Manufacturers must provide information on the amount of ultraviolet A (UVA) screening provided by their products.
      • UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, but contribute to skin cancer and sun-related skin aging.
    • Manufacturers will be prohibited from claiming sun protection factors (SPF) of more than 50+.
      • Very high SPF sunscreens will disappear from stores.
      • Although manufacturers might challenge this one.
    • The terms “sunblock,” “waterproof,” “sweat-proof,” and “all-day protection” will no longer be allowed on sunscreen labels.

    The bottom line?
    The FDA has also proposed a 4-star rating system to classify sunscreens.

    Sunscreen manufacturers will have a year to 18 months after the new rules are enacted to make the label changes or provide scientific evidence justifying a higher SPF rating.

    5/26/09 15:11 JR

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