Cosmetic Products: How to Read the Label?
Over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun may lead to skin cancer. There are two harmful UV rays. The UV-A rays which easily pass through glass windows and cause wrinkles and pre-mature aging of the skin, and the UV-B rays which are blocked by glass windows and cause sunburn. Water reflects the damaging rays of the sun and increases the chance of sunburn.
There are practical ways to avoid over exposure from harmful sun rays. Protective clothing may be worn, such as the use of long-sleeved shirt, pants, a hat or sunglasses. The sun's rays are most intense between 10 am and 3 pm. In order to protect the skin from over exposure to damaging UV rays, always seek shade or use an umbrella.
If staying under the sun is unavoidable, use sunscreen protection, which comes in different preparation, like lotion, cream, gel, or ointment, are available. Creams are best for the face and dry skin. Gels are good for hairy areas of the skin. Water resistant sunscreen products are best when going swimming or when sweating profusely. Regardless of which sunscreen preparation you choose, be sure to apply it generously to achieve full UV ray protection.Read more...
The public is hereby warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the following Cefuroxime 750 mg Powder for Injection products with batch number 9600, manufactured by Flamingo Pharmaceuticals Ltd.-India and imported by Pasteur Pharmaceuticals Sales is being recalled from the market:
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The Food and Drug Administration advises the public against the use of an unregistered product, CMD Eye Drop. The product which was labeled to he "best for astigmatism, cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma, sore eyes, eye stress, red and itchy eyes, blurry 'computer' vision and more" was found to he sold in Metro Manila at Php 120.00 per 15 mL bottle and is allegedly sold by refill in some outlets in the province.
The product was also labeled as "BFAD Registered" with Registration No. FR-98502. However, upon verification of the sample's authenticity, it was confirmed to be unregistered.Read more...
Pinapayuhan ng Food and Drug Administration ang publiko laban sa paggamit ng hindi rehistradong produkto na CMD Eye Drop. Nakasaad sa label ng produkto na maaaring gamitin sa "astigmatism, cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma, sore eyes, eye stress, red and itchy eyes, blurry 'computer' vision and more." Nakasaad din na ito ay "BFAD registered" at may "Registration No. FR-98502."
Napag-alamang binebenta ang nasabing produkto sa Metro Manila sa halagang Php 120.00 kada 15mL. Napag-alaman din na sa mga lalawigan, ang produktong ito ay isinasalin sa nagamit ng mga lalagyan.
Hindi po rehistrado ng FDA ang CMD Eye Drop.Read more...
The public is warned against buying lipsticks that are not notified with the FDA. These products may contain high levels of heavy metals, especially lead.
Heavy metals are inherently present in pigments (colorants) and in some raw materials that are used in producing lipsticks. This is due to natural contamination from the environment, which are unavoidable. Thus, the FDA enforces strict compliance to the requirements of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for cosmetic products to ensure that possible contaminants are within the allowable limits set by the FDA, consistent with the ASEAN Directives. Studies have shown that manufacturers following strict cGMP in producing lipsticks have lead and other heavy metals way below the maximum allowable or acceptable limit.
Lead is a proven toxicant that accumulates in the body through constant exposure and absorption over a prolonged period. Health problems through chronic ingestion of high level of lead in lipsticks may manifest as neurologic, hematologic, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal problems. In adults, lead toxicant has been linked with high blood pressure, joint pain, poor memory, and concentration problems. The children are particularly at risk from neurotoxic effects of lead, which affect their brain development and cognition, like test scores, memory and learning, and fine motor skills and behavior. Lead easily crosses the placenta, and pregnant women should pay particular attention to the different sources of lead exposure.
In line with the streamlining of food product registration requirements the Center for Food Regulation and Research (CFRR) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shall no longer require samples of the food products, except for food products classified or categorized as food supplements.
All labels and labeling materials together with different designs and variations, including illustration of models, suggested recipes of products, including food supplements, shall be submitted as part of the requirements during the filing of applications. All labels and labeling requirements shall carry or be labeled with the same food manufacturer, trader or importer licensed by the FDA and the same product formulation or list of ingredients.
This Memorandum Circular shall be effective immediately.
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During the 17th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministerial Meeting, the Ministers issued a Joint Ministerial Statement to promote SME cooperation for innovative growth in the APEC Region. Among others, the Ministers agree that corruption imposes a significant market access barrier and high costs for SMEs. To address this challenge, they endorsed principles for voluntary codes of business ethics for the medical device, biopharmaceutical, and construction/engineering sectors. They recognize the importance of working to raise awareness of these principle, through the development of codes of ethics by industry associations and companies and capacity building efforts. They called on other relevant stakeholders, such as professional organizations, to implement voluntary codes consistent with these principles. They urged industry regulators, anti-corruption enforcement authorities, and the relevant entities to encourage, advance, and facilitate acceptance of voluntary industry codes and ethical collaborations consistent with these codes.
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