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Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
August 29, 2011
After years of silence, indecision and conflicting regulations, the FDA has finally begun proposing Final Rules in sunscreens. More importantly, a new image has appeared in strong contrast to the once reticent FDA. We have rarely had an FDA spokesp…  Read More »
Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
July 7, 2011
Memorial Day signals the official start of summer; it is the dawn of sunscreen season again. As in years past, annual reviews and reports purport to shed light on the newly-released products available from the industry. This year is no different in t…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd
May 3, 2011
Are we encouraging a false sense of security among consumers? When we use sunscreens for protection, are we truly covered? Are we in the dark when we are in the sun? In the upcoming installments of The Sunscreen Filter, I will attempt to shed so…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
March 11, 2011
Conflicting news on the benefits and dangers of sunscreen and skin cancer has saturated news both in print and online for the past few months. Several interesting reports on new ingredients as well as sun care formulations have surfaced. In additio…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
September 7, 2010
Headlines blare: “Can Sunscreens Cause Cancer?” “By the Ounce or by the Tumor?” “Sunscreen or Smokescreen?” Articles bearing scare-tactic titles such as these appear in daily blogs, in the press and in TV reports d…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
July 8, 2010
In this column, I have been documenting the upheaval and unrest that continues to mar the sunscreen landscape. The lack of final regulations from the FDA and the absence of a proactive and effective response from the American Academy of Dermatology (…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
March 31, 2010
The sun is a source of power and life but we are not powerless in the light of it. We can harness the power of the sun for energy. We can defend ourselves from its harmful effects.As we confront the sun, we know intuitively that one individual cannot…  Read More »
Taxing Our Patience
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
March 9, 2010
It seems the U.S. government is now concerned about the rising incidences of skin cancer in the country. This was expressed not in the form of issuing a Final Regulation—delayed for over a decade—that governs the use of sunscreens in the…  Read More »
Is the Final Monograph the New Metric System?
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd
November 9, 2009
See you in September! The hopeful song plays on… But September has come and gone and neither the Final Monograph nor the Time and Extent Application (TEA) for sorely needed UVA filters in the U.S. has been issued or finalized. How long will we…  Read More »
Filtering Some Rumors Regarding Sunscreens
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
September 3, 2009
Rumors abound that the Food and Drug Administration is poised to finalize the long-awaited sunscreen monograph, which is designed to regulate the sun protection that consumers receive from sun care products. At the same time, the FDA has promised to…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
July 8, 2009
The headline above is intentionally contentious considering we still do not have a final monograph (FM) to amend. The tentative final monograph (TFM) is far from sufficient and yet it is effectively law. In the meantime, we rely upon the mechanism in…  Read More »
Sun Protection: Another Voice Filters Through
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
May 1, 2009
As I was reviewing my submissions for “The Sunscreen Filter,” it occurred to me that the columns I have written deal with issues that are quite relevant but not necessarily complete in scope. I have written a lot about regulations and con…  Read More »
Tanning Salons Are a Hot Topic for the Industry
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
March 3, 2009
The controversial practice of indoor tanning is a $5 billion industry in the U.S. Thirty million Americans visit tanning salons every year—a five-fold increase since 1992. On an average day, more than one million Americans “catch some ray…  Read More »
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
January 8, 2009
Happy New Year!  This issue marks the first anniversary of my column. The positive reactions I have received to The Sunscreen Filter attest to its timeliness; an informational filter is sorely needed to keep pace with rapid sunscreen development…  Read More »
Using Nanotechnology in Sun Care Formulas
Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd.
November 7, 2008
In previous columns (July and September, 2008), I tackled a number of controversial sun care issues.  As a reminder, in today’s Information Age, you cannot believe everything you read. Nowadays, anyone can take any sunscreen topic, twist i…  Read More »