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AADA responds to Key West proposal to ban sale of oxybenzone, octinoxate

Jan. 5, 2019

The AADA submitted a comment letter to the Key West, Florida City Commission regarding their proposed ordinance to ban the sale of oxybenzone and octinoxate sunscreens. The letter focused on sun safety measures, public safety, and the pending applications of new sunscreen ingredients.

Read the AADA’s comment letter.

Legislation would revamp sunscreen ingredient approval process

Jan. 9, 2019
The House of Representatives has passed legislation, HR 269, that if passed by the Senate and signed into law would overhaul the FDA regulatory approval processes for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and new sunscreen ingredients. The legislation would include new sunscreen ingredient approval and regulatory processes. Current sunscreen ingredients that are pending FDA approval would continue to follow the regulatory process of the Sunscreen Innovation Act. However, new ingredient applications not currently pending with the FDA would be reviewed under the new OTC process. Manufacturers may request pending orders to be transferred to the new monograph review process.

The Academy sent a letter expressing its appreciation for efforts to conform sunscreen regulation as part of the larger OTC monograph reform effort. Specifically, the AADA commends the efforts to provide “flexibility for review of sunscreen ingredients with pending orders, while streamlining the review and approval process for new ingredient applications in the proposed new monograph system.”

Pennsylvania governor signs sunscreen access bill

Oct. 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law that allows students to bring sunscreen to school without a physician’s note. The bill, HB 1228, also provides for use of sun-protective clothing and hats.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (PAD) and the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocated in support of this legislation. PAD received an AADA State Advocacy Grant in 2018 to advocate on the issue.

AADA continues engaging FDA, industry on sunscreen ingredients

July 23, 2018

The AADA has submitted a comment letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to its draft guidance on Maximal Usage Trials for Topical Active Ingredients Being Considered for Inclusion in an Over the Counter Monograph: Study Elements and Considerations. In its letter, the AADA emphasizes implications that recent proposals to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate can have on the American public, as access to a broad range of sunscreen ingredients may become further limited. Additionally, the AADA again expresses the desire to facilitate discussion between the FDA and industry with the desired goal of new safe (and effective) sunscreen active ingredients becoming available in the United States.

Read the letter.

AADA, HDS send letter to HI gov. on sunscreen ingredient restriction

May 7, 2018

Along with the Hawaii Dermatological Society, the AADA sent a letter to Hawaii's governor, David Y. Ige, expressing concerns about state legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution in Hawaii of ultraviolet sun protection factor sunscreen personal care products containing oxybenzone and octinxate without a prescription. The letter encouraged Gov. Ige to strongly consider the broad implications of banning oxybenzone sunscreens, and the dangers of sun exposure that Hawaii residents and visitors would face if this legislation is signed into law. It also encourages Gov. Ige to be involved in discussions with the Food and Drug Administration, industry, and the AADA on adding new safe and effective sunscreen ingredients, especially to ensure broad spectrum protection. Read the letter. A similar letter had also been sent to Hawaii's House and Senate.

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AADA pushes for more advanced sunscreen ingredients to market

March 23, 2018

In a letter regarding the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Safety, Innovation and Reform Act (S. 2315), the AADA wrote in support of the introduction of new sunscreen ingredients that are safe and effective, and also for maintaining access to current sunscreen ingredients. While the letter encourages efforts to get more advanced sunscreen ingredients to market, the AADA is neutral on the remainder of the legislation. Read more.

U.S. Senate passes 'Melanoma Awareness Month' resolution

May 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution supported by the AADA designating May 2017 as "Melanoma Awareness Month."  This resolution - co-authored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) - also encourages the use of sunscreen and protective clothing, supports initiatives to help spread greater awareness of the importance of regular skin checks and the proper application of sunscreen, and supports research for prevention, detection, treatment and a cure for melanoma.  Read the AADA's letter supporting this resolution.

A similar resolution, also supported by the AADA, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Click here for more.

AADA supports Congressional resolution urging childhood skin protection

May 3, 2017

On behalf of the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (D-Pa.) ― along with Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), and Evan Jenkins (R-W. Va.) ― has again introduced a resolution (H. Res. 282) encouraging state, local, and community efforts to grant access to sunscreens in schools and expand access to sun safety in camps and other child care centers. The resolution also supports initiatives that encourage health care providers to educate parents and children about sun-safe behaviors. A similar resolution was introduced in the last Congress.

Academy President Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, has submitted a letter of support for H. Res. 282. Click here to read the letter.

Congress introduces resolution urging childhood skin protection

September 13, 2016
The Academy submitted a letter of support for H. Res. 854, a resolution supporting state, local, and community initiatives to encourage parents, teachers, camp counselors, and child-care professionals to take measures to prevent sunburns in the minors and to support efforts to curb the incidences of skin cancer beginning with childhood skin protection. Read the letter.