New Florida bill could require a prescription for most sunscreens

New Florida bill could require a prescription for most sunscreens

https://www.pharmacist.com/article/new-florida-bill-could-require-prescription-most-sunscreens

Florida Sen. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) is proposing requiring a prescription for most sunscreens due to environmental concerns. “It really is for the survival of our coral reefs and fishery,” says Stewart, noting there are two chemicals in sunscreens—Oxybenzone and Octinoxate—that are getting into the ocean and doing damage.

Florida Sen. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) is proposing requiring a prescription for most sunscreens due to environmental concerns. “It really is for the survival of our coral reefs and fishery,” says Stewart, noting there are two chemicals in sunscreens—Oxybenzone and Octinoxate—that are getting into the ocean and doing damage. Hawaii and Key West have already banned lotions with those ingredients. Under the legislation, Florida residents would need a doctor to write a prescription to get a lotion with those chemicals on the label. “There are some that have been able to formulate a different sunscreen that works just fine,” Stewart says. Opponents of the measure say there is not enough research to prove those chemicals hurt coral reefs, but there is solid evidence that sunscreen saves lives.

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2 Responses

  1. How about just banning those two damn chemicals like Hawaii did? I mean I’m all about saving the ocean, but this is ridiculous!

  2. The OCEAN? …Are there NO replacements?

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