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Cosmetics, Regulations, and the Public Health

Cosmetics, Regulations, and the Public Health Opinion EDITORIAL Understanding the Safety of Medical and Other Products Robert M. Califf, MD; Jonathan McCall, MS; Daniel B. Mark, MD, MPH Few physicians consider cosmetics and related products rel- fore regulatory action can be initiated, as revealed by Kwa et al, evant to their professional lives. Cosmetics, of course, are used raises important questions about cosmetic safety as well to alter the body’s appearance, not its actual structure or func- as the safety of health-related products in general. tion. However, the distinction between substances that only alter bodily appearance or Regulating Cosmetics aesthetics and medicinal History has repeatedly shown that when there is insufficient compounds that affect the regulatory oversight, a few unscrupulous people or compa- Related article page 1202 body’s structure or health (eg, nies will exploit the vulnerable public for profit. Market forces wrinkle removal; prevention of gingivitis) is one the cosmet- may sometimes correct such lapses when consumer prod- ics industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ucts are involved. The challenge, however, is considerably have struggled with for decades. As Paracelsus, the 16th- greater when consumer safety is at risk. The Pure Food and century Swiss physician and philosopher, observed, any sub- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Cosmetics, Regulations, and the Public Health

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2773
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Understanding the Safety of Medical and Other Products Robert M. Califf, MD; Jonathan McCall, MS; Daniel B. Mark, MD, MPH Few physicians consider cosmetics and related products rel- fore regulatory action can be initiated, as revealed by Kwa et al, evant to their professional lives. Cosmetics, of course, are used raises important questions about cosmetic safety as well to alter the body’s appearance, not its actual structure or func- as the safety of health-related products in general. tion. However, the distinction between substances that only alter bodily appearance or Regulating Cosmetics aesthetics and medicinal History has repeatedly shown that when there is insufficient compounds that affect the regulatory oversight, a few unscrupulous people or compa- Related article page 1202 body’s structure or health (eg, nies will exploit the vulnerable public for profit. Market forces wrinkle removal; prevention of gingivitis) is one the cosmet- may sometimes correct such lapses when consumer prod- ics industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ucts are involved. The challenge, however, is considerably have struggled with for decades. As Paracelsus, the 16th- greater when consumer safety is at risk. The Pure Food and century Swiss physician and philosopher, observed, any sub-

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 26, 2017

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