• Shadows Cast on Sunscreens

    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 (…

  • A Petition to the FDA

    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…

  • Taxing Our Patience

    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…

  • Is the Final Monograph the New Metric System?

    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…

  • Filtering Some Rumors Regarding Sunscreens

    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…

  • Amending the Monograph

    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…

  • Sun Protection: Another Voice Filters Through

    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…

  • Tanning Salons Are a Hot Topic for the Industry

    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…

  • Things are Heating Up in the Sunscreen Category

    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…

  • Using Nanotechnology in Sun Care Formulas

    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…

  • SPF: Sun Protection Facts or Fictions? Part II

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. September 4, 2008
    Ah, summertime at the shore—what could be better than the sun and the surf? Summer brings more sunshine and more sun protection. When you’re surfing the internet, however, trying to find accurate information on sunscreens is no day at the…

  • SPF: Sun Protection Facts or Fictions?

    Nadim A. Shaath, PhD., Alpha Research & Development Ltd. July 1, 2008
    You can’t believe everything you read. Until recently, information on sun protection has generally made its way from the top down, passing from industry and academia to the consumer via traditional media. Experts with credentials relayed skin c…

  • The Industrys Response to FDAs Proposed Rules

    The Industrys Response to FDAs Proposed Rules

    Nadim A. Shaath, Ph.D., Alpha Research & Development April 30, 2008
    In my first column (February, 2008 p. 38-41), I addressed the salient features in the FDA’s Amendment of the Final Monograph’s Proposed Rule (Vol. 72, No. 165, Aug. 27, 2007). This column will highlight the response of the sun care indust…

  • Changes in Sun Protection Call for a New Column

    Changes in Sun Protection Call for a New Column

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. February 6, 2008
    In today’s environment of rapid sunscreen developments, an information filter is sorely needed. This issue marks the first in a bimonthly column primed to filter through the latest news and views in sunscreens, ultraviolet filters and their reg…

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