FDA Still Reviewing Safety Data on Spray-on Sunscreens.

Spray-on sunscreen is quick, easy and convenient but is it safe and effective? In short, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t even know. The safety and effectiveness of spray-on sunscreens has come under question by the FDA not only for the risk of consuming airborne particles but also for the effectiveness of the product being applied to the skin. In August, the New York Times (8/22, Saint Louis) “Well” blog responded to the safety question, highlighting concerns that harmful particles in spray-on sunscreens can spread and inhaled, or even get into one’s eyes. Recently, with the number of spray-on sunscreens increasing, the FDA is asking product makers to demonstrate their effectiveness and safety over rub on sunscreens. They are also urging product makers to add warning labels advising consumers to avoid breathing in the product and warn consumers about the risk of burns when applied near an open flame. The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting healthier lives for all Americans, has also responded to the issue warning consumers to avoid all spray-on sunscreens of any particle size, especially ones that use mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which they say may pose problems if inhaled.”

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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