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New Sunscreens and the Precautionary Principle

Brian Diffey, PhD, DSc1
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1Dermatological Sciences, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(5):511-512. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.6069.
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This Viewpoint explores the potential health benefit of ultraviolet radiation filter ingredients for sunscreen, and whether these new sunscreens, if introduced to the US market, should carry a different claim to those currently available in the United States.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is presently considering1 whether to permit the use of 8 new ultraviolet (UV) radiation filters into sunscreen products available to the American public. These ingredients include the broad-spectrum UV radiation filters Tinosorb S (BASF Care Creations) and Tinosorb M (BASF Care Creations) and Mexoryl XL (L'Oréal) and Mexoryl SX (L'Oréal), all 4 of which have been available in sunscreens sold in Europe for more than a decade.

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Spectral Absorbance of 8 Sunscreens SPF 50 or Higher

Curves in blue are products available on the US market (CeraVe Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 50 [Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc]; Coppertone Water BABIES Lotion [Bayer Global]; Babyganics Mineral-Based sunscreen SPF 50+ [Babyganics Products, PBC]; CVS Pharmacy Sun Lotion SPF 50 [CVS/pharmacy]. Curves in orange are products available in Europe (Carroten Sensicare SPF 50 [Carroten]; Sun Wel! Sensitive SPF 50 [Coop@home]; Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF 50+ [Bioderma]; Pierre Fabre Avène Lait enfant SPF 50+ [Avène]).

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