The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    New regulations for sunscreen products

     The FDA is completing sunscreen label changes designed to give consumers a better idea of the sun protection they’re getting.

    The highpoints

    • Sunscreens will be subjected to lab and human skin tests using a standardized sun simulator.
    • Manufacturers must provide information on the amount of ultraviolet A (UVA) screening provided by their products.
      • UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, but contribute to skin cancer and sun-related skin aging.
    • Manufacturers will be prohibited from claiming sun protection factors (SPF) of more than 50+.
      • Very high SPF sunscreens will disappear from stores.
      • Although manufacturers might challenge this one.
    • The terms “sunblock,” “waterproof,” “sweat-proof,” and “all-day protection” will no longer be allowed on sunscreen labels.

    The bottom line?
    The FDA has also proposed a 4-star rating system to classify sunscreens.

    Sunscreen manufacturers will have a year to 18 months after the new rules are enacted to make the label changes or provide scientific evidence justifying a higher SPF rating.

    5/26/09 15:11 JR

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