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Is the FDA dragging their feet on progressive sunblocks that can prevent skin cancer in the US?

by Dr. Aaron Capuano, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Aug. 8, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

As alarming and incredulous as that question seems, it is quite accurate.  The FDA refuses to approve state of the art sun blocks that could potentially protect US citizens from more harmful sun rays causing skin cancer than those that are currently available in the European market.  The reason is that the FDA does not have a stream lined approach to approving over the counter drugs which include sunscreens.  This is affecting us all in a negative way. Time is not on our side as sun rays get stronger year after year and skin cancer becomes more prevalent in the US.  The best thing to do is to file a complaint and let our voices be heard.  Below are the phone numbers for your state's FDA complaint log.  Call them and let them know that you don't want skin cancer, nor do you want your children or loved one's to suffer from unnecessary skin cancers.  Plead with them annoyingly to get on the ball with approving over the counter advancements with sun blocks.

Not by coincidence, it is quite difficult to log a complaint with the FDA.  They have certain rules and regulations in order to have anything reach anyone who has the authority to decide what to do with a complaint of this nature.  Who has time to file their arduous petitions or specific rules and regulations for logging a complaint?  I personally and professionally do not have the time but for some reason they are granted significant time for all stages of research, development and approving everything. 

Below is also the link to the FDA's website to log complaints, if you or anyone you know decides to follow thru on this topic please feel free to contact me (Lyndsley).   

 https://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Dockets/Comments/default.htm#petitions

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 Below is another supporting article regarding what I had mentioned.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/05/got-skin-cancer-blame-fda.html

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