• No Dearth of Players For the Blame Game

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd August 1, 2016
    This column will tackle the problems with sun care protection in general. My next column will address the solutions for better sun care protection. Fifty years ago our sunscreen industry began to grow. In 1966, the consumer demanded protection from t…

  • Spotty Developments in Sun Care

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd June 1, 2016
    My apologies for not writing my column in April as I was busy with completing my new book on essential oils and aromatherapy ingredients. The manuscript entitled “Healing Civilizations: The Search for Therapeutic Essential Oils and Nutrients&rd…

  • Something’s Fishy: Salmon, Congress and FDA

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd February 3, 2016
    Research and development in the field of sunscreens in the US has unfortunately taken a back seat to the ever-increasing development of government regulations. I cannot recount more than a few research projects worthy of notice in the field of sun ca…

  • Approving Sun Care Ingredients: What MUsT Be Done?

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd November 2, 2015
    The state of sunscreen regulations is in flux. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently signaled its intention to regulate future sunscreens in the US differently.  Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former FDA deputy, wrote an article in the New…

  • US Congress to POTUS: It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way!

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd September 1, 2015
    In a world of inadequate sun care options, who decides which sunscreen products are available to you? In the US, the Food and Drug Administration seems to have absolute authority over the approval process that results in sunscreen products on store s…

  • Bureaucracy Burns: Squinting into the Future

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd June 1, 2015
    Recent developments with the FDA and the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) have cast a shadow on the filter approval process in the US. In case you missed it, the FDA has basically rejected the call to speed up the approvals of the Time and Extent Appli…

  • The FDA Response: Obstacles and Delays

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd April 1, 2015
    The FDA has decided to move the goal post. It has declared that to approve a new UV filter you must surpass the requirements of a New Drug Application (NDA).  The new hurdle set by the FDA is that all such ingredients must pass the stringent req…

  • SPF Goes to Court!

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd February 6, 2015
    Sunscreens have been in the headlines recently. We start the New Year with an act of Congress, The Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA), which was just signed by President Obama into law in November. Its implications will be debated extensively in the futu…

  • The Bill Will Finally PASS, but Will The FDA?

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd December 5, 2014
    President Obama had the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) on his desk before Thanksgiving week.1 Time to give thanks and celebrate. His signature has the potential to protect a needlessly at- risk population from sun damage. The Senate passed the SIA on…

  • Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Formulating Sunscreens With New TEA Ingredients

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd October 2, 2014
    Now that Congress has introduced a new bipartisan bicameral bill in both the Senate (S 2141) and the House (HR 4250) entitled “The Sunscreen Innovation Act,” we expect to have a decision on the approval of the TEA (Time and Extent Applica…

  • The Sunscreen Innovation Act

    The Sunscreen Innovation Act

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd August 1, 2014
    The long and winding road to sunscreen regulation reform in the US may have gotten shorter, but we’re not home just yet. The journey started 42 years ago in 1972 when the FDA began reviewing over-the-counter products not covered by a New Drug A…

  • Air Pollution’s Effect On the Skin, Part II

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd May 2, 2014
    In the April column of The Sunscreen Filter (p. 46) I described the ever-expanding problem of air pollution and its effect on human health in general and the skin in particular. Air pollutants were classified as primary or secondary and methods for q…

  • Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd April 1, 2014
    Exposure to the elements is of paramount interest to the cosmetics and cosmeceutical industry. Sun and air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, deserves closer inspection. The subject of air pollution and its effect on the skin in particular warrants…

  • After 50 years of Sun Care…

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd January 1, 2014
    As we celebrate 50 years of sun care developments in the US, we pause to reflect on our accomplishments as well as our disappointments. There have been both innovations and delays in sun protection. Tom Branna, editor of Happi, has already written an…

  • Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd November 4, 2013
    The view from Egypt, land of the sun, is dim. The killing of protesters is senseless. Here I am, in Cairo, in the middle of the so-called Arab Spring, writing about skin cancer while dodging demonstrations that are turning deadly! It is difficult to…

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