As Americans start heading to the beach for their summer vacations, they may be at a disadvantage when it comes to sunscreen. Europeans and South Americans have been able to buy a wider variety, and some say, more effective sunscreens for nearly a decade.
In a recent interview at the Ivy restaurant in New York City, ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser pressed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg on why ingredients proven effective against UVA rays in Europe have yet to be approved by the agency.
“The honest answer is that we could and should move faster, but we have so many responsibilities and people are stretched very thin,” Hamburg told “Power Players.” “We have dedicated a team of people, a small team...to really work on moving this forward.”
In fact, the FDA has not added an approved sunscreen ingredient since 1999.
“We can and will do better,” Hamburg said. “It can be frustrating when you want to move quickly and can be cumbersome in aRead More »from Why Americans can't get the same effective sunscreen protection Europeans can