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CAYENNE PEPPER TO DETER NAILBITING IS "COSMETIC" USE, OAKHURST SAYS

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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CAYENNE PEPPER TO DETER NAILBITING IS "COSMETIC" USE, OAKHURST SAYS in Feb. 20 comments to FDA from the company's Washington, D.C. counsel McKenna & Cuneo. The Levittown, N.Y.-based company, which manufactures the cayenne pepper nailbiting/thumbsucking deterrent Thum, claimed that based on "common definitions" and descriptions made by FDA's OTC Miscellaneous External Drug Products advisory panel, nailbiting and thumbsucking are behavioral patterns or habits that do not "qualify" as diseases. Therefore, the letter states, "products used to deter habits should not be regulated as drugs."
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