Congress debates FDA role in safety review of personal care products
SILVER SPRING, Md. —The Personal Care Products Council announced in July that it is working to create formal processes for the Food and Drug Administration to review ingredients of personal care products for safety at the request of the public and stakeholder groups, and to review all safety determinations made by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review expert panel.
However, roughly a week after the news, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R. 5786). The new bill would, if passed, reform law on ingredients in personal care products.
Responding to the proposed legislation, the council, while acknowledging a need to modernize the regulatory structure of the cosmetics industry, said the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 as written “is not based on credible and established scientific principles” and would place an “enormous, if not impossible, burden on [the] FDA.”
The council’s five-point plan includes enhanced FDA registration, new processes to set safety levels for trace constituents, new FDA ingredient review processes, new FDA oversight of CIR expert-panel findings and FDA-issued good manufacturing practices.
“We urge Congress to carefully consider our recently announced proposals to strengthen FDA cosmetics oversight, including FDA ingredient reviews, and encourage the passage of the FDA Globalization Act of 2009, sponsored by Rep. John Dingell, which also includes enhanced FDA regulations of cosmetics manufacturers. Our proposals and Rep. Dingell’s legislation constitute the strongest, most efficient and viable approach to modernizing the FDA regulation of cosmetics, increasing transparency and enhancing existing consumer safeguards as science and technology evolve,” stated Lezlee Westine, president and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council.
Sophyto products to be sold at select Sam’s Club locations
NEW YORK Sophyto, a line of natural skin care products that has been sold at select dermatologists’ offices and spa locations, also will be available at select Sam’s Club locations by the end of September.
Sam’s Club will offer members two exclusive kits and several twin-packs. The kits include:
- Phytotherapy daily renewal kit ($29.98), which includes the purifying silken cleanser, omega daily moisturizer and anti-aging antioxidant serum (a savings of $95);
- Phytotherapy anti-aging care kit ($34.98), which includes pH optimizing restorative toner, anti-aging antioxidant serum and marine peptide brightening treatment (a savings of $55); and
- Twin-packs of the anti-aging antioxidant serum ($32.98), omega daily moisturizer ($24.98) and purifying silken cleanser ($14.98) also will be available in clubs.
Procter & Gamble launches tween oral care line
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble is targeting the tween market with the launch of its new Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health For Me, the first and only complete line of oral care products designed for children eight years of age and older, according to the company.
The products were created to protect the areas dentists check in children, and are in flavors and designs that older children will like, in order to help ease the battle of the brush.
Tooth decay still is recognized as the most common chronic disease affecting children in the United States, and 51 million hours of school are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses, P&G stated. Furthermore, 1-out-of-4 parents surveyed in America said his or her kids do a “fair” or “poor” job of taking care of their own mouths, teeth and gums. Among these parents, 70% stated their kids avoid brushing, and 80% stated that their kids avoid flossing.
“Camp Rock 2” and “Step Up 3D” actress Alyson Stoner and her mom, LuAnne, understand that an open line of communication is crucial for parents and kids to develop lifelong healthy routines. They’ve partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health For Me to help other families work together to make healthy decisions, especially when it comes to oral health.
The Pro-Health For Me line consists of toothbrushes that are just the right size for older children, toothpaste and rinse flavors designed for tweens, and floss picks that are easy to use and less messy — all in unique packaging that’s cool enough for kids 8 years and older.
The Pro-Health For Me product line includes:
- Oral-B Pulsar Pro-Health For Me vibrating toothbrush, which features gentle, vibrating bristles that help break up plaque between teeth for a deep clean and a pressure-sensitive split head that adjusts to the contours of kids’ teeth;
- Oral-B Pro-Health For Me CrossAction toothbrush, which features a combination of CrissCross bristles and a Power Tip to reach and clean between the sensitive gaps that children 8 to 12 years old experience;
- Crest Pro-Health For Me fluoride anticavity toothpaste, which helps to fight cavities, strengthens enamel and freshens breath within a Minty Breeze flavor;
- Crest Pro-Health For Me anticavity fluoride rinse, which reaches areas where children may have missed brushing and helps fight cavities for healthy teeth, all without the burn of alcohol; and
- Oral-B Pro-Health For Me floss picks, which are easy to use for a more complete clean versus brushing alone.