Why were rules on sunscreens put in the CARES Act?May 22, 2020
When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed in March, there was a provision on sunscreens tucked away inside a section on over-the-counter drugs review. Specifically, provisions were made regarding competition between sunscreen manufacturers, consumer access, price and the development and innovation of sunscreen ingredients.
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According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, the provision may have been included to keep sunscreen regulations status quo.
“Why sunscreens were put into the CARES Act, that we do not know,” said Nneka Leiba, vice president of EWG’s healthy living science department. “It’s very odd that it would have happened, a few months after the monograph was supposed to be finalized last year.”
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration worked to pass an updated sunscreen monograph, a kind of “recipe book” that covers acceptable ingredients, doses, formulations and labeling on OTC products sold in the U.S. Monographs define the safety, effectiveness and labeling of all marketing OTC active ingredients, according to the FDA.
The FDA published proposed sunscreen rules that “indicated that most ingredients were inadequately tested for safety and implied that these ingredients would be removed from the market unless appropriate safety testing was conducted,” according to the EWG.
It’s possible that Houston has seen the last of the cooler spring weather as the area transitions into another hot, humid summer.
Matt Lanza, managing editor and meteorologist for Space City Weather, said people should be wearing sunscreen if they’re outside at any point when the sun is up.
“Never assume that you’re invincible,” Lanza said. “While we can adapt and adjust to the hot climate during Houston summers, it’s important to realize that it’s still really hot which can have negative consequences on the human body.”
But the year ended and the monograph never passed, Leiba said.
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