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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.