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Comments on sunscreen ingredients' environmental impact

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA requests comments on the potential environmental impact of sunscreen ingredients and other substances the agency may add to OTC monographs. In a 1notice prepared for the Feb. 22 Federal Register, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says environmental regulations require it to estimate the substances' expected introductory concentration in the aquatic environment. The notice lists ingredients not currently approved for use including: amiloxate, bemotrizinol, bisoctrizole, diethylhexyl butamido triazone, enzacamene and octyl triazone for sunscreen; climbazole, piroctone olamine and sodium shale oil sulfonate for dandruff; laxative ingredient sodium picosulfate; and triclosan for acne treatment. The notice also lists ingredients currently marketed in the U.S. through new drug applications as possible OTC monograph additions, ecamsule for sunscreen and triclosan for oral care. The sunscreen ingredients would be part of the first final monograph published for the indication. A final monograph emerged in 1999, but its publication was consistently stayed due to industry pressure, which continued since FDA issued a draft rule in August 2007 (2"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 30, 2009, In Brief). CDER will accept environmental impact comments concerning these ingredients for three months

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