Reed bill calls for new sunscreen ingredients

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPRI) — Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. Senate — which has a counterpart bill in the House of Representatives — “to improve sunscreen protection, promote sunscreen use, and ensure U.S. consumers have access to the safest, most effective sunscreens available,” Reed’s office said in a news release Friday.

Anything sold as a sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter drug and must contain active ingredients approved by the FDA.

The legislation is trying to spur the Food and Drug Administration to approve some new active ingredients that are approved for use in countries like Canada — but applications for their approval have languished for a decade or more, Reed’s office said.

The legislation is known as the Sunscreen Innovation Act (S. 2141 and H.R. 4250).

Reed’s office cited skin cancer as the most common cancer in the United States.

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