Pharmaceutical

Supplements falsely claim protection against sun exposure

sunburn blisters wikimedia commons 280x210 Supplements falsely claim protection against sun exposureFour companies are putting consumers’ health at risk by marketing dietary supplements they claim can prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect against skin cancer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported in a News Release. The agency is cautioning consumers to be aware of unscrupulous companies making unproven claims.

The companies – Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare, and Sunergetic – received FDA warning letters informing them they were violating federal law and putting consumers’ health at risk.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and exposure to natural and artificial UV light has a direct impact on a person’s risk of developing the disease. Most cases of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – can be attributed to ultraviolet exposure. Protecting against UV rays has been a key goal of the health care community and government agencies. Among the efforts is to promote innovation in sunscreen and investment in better technologies.

But while advances are being made, there are companies that are promoting products that purport to provide protection from the sun that aren’t delivering the advertised benefits. “Instead, they are misleading consumers and putting people at risk,” the FDA said. As a result, the FDA issued warning letters to the companies selling dietary supplements that make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDA’s standards for safety and effectiveness.

“When the FDA sees companies taking advantage of people’s desire to protect themselves from the harmful effects from the sun – we’ll step in,” the agency said. “There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen.”

Source: FDA News Release