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Posted May 22, 2018

FDA Warns Companies Selling "Sun Protection" Supplements

On May 18, 2018, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies selling supplements for sun protection because statements made on product labels, websites and in marketing materials were found to be drug claims, which are not permitted for dietary supplements. 

Click on the product names below to read the full warning letters:
  • SOLARICARE (Pharmacy Direct, Inc.) was promoted with statements such as "Used... for treating skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, polymorphic light eruption and sunburn."

  • Sunsafe Rx (Napa Valley Bioscience) was promoted with statements such as "BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION Protects you from UVA and UVB rays," and "Sunsafe Rx is a nutritional supplement that protects your skin and eyes from the sun. Just one capsule per day provides natural, healthy... protection from UV rays."

  • Sunergetic (Sunergized LLC) was promoted with statements such as "It's basically an oral sunscreen... This would be especially useful for people who have had skin cancer, are at risk for skin cancer," and "This product has helped ...protect me from the harms of radiation."

  • Advanced Skin Brightening Formula (GliSODin Skin Nutrients) was promoted with statements such as "The Advanced Skin Brightening Formula contains ingredients that reduce oxidative stress (one of the harmful effects of UV light)."

See's answer to the question, Do any supplements help prevent sunburn or skin damage from sun exposure? for more information.

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