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Drug and Cosmetic Law Blog Post

Complaints of Health Problems from Cosmetics Become More Common

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that complaints of health problems related to the use of personal care and cosmetic products more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Of these complaints, the majority were related to haircare products.

Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed complaints collected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2004 and 2016. The agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Adverse Event Reporting System allows customers and professionals alike to submit complaints about health problems caused by cosmetic products.

In 2015, consumers and professionals reported just 706 adverse events, versus 1,591 in 2016. Compared to the average figure throughout the 12-year study, 2015 was a 78 percent increase from the average, while 2016 saw a 300 percent increase.

What is causing these complaints?

One of the factors researchers pointed to for the rapid increase in complaints was the FDA’s 2014 announcement of its investigation into WEN by Chaz Dean haircare products. The agency had received numerous complaints of hair breakage, hair loss, itching and rash from customers who used the products. The FDA has received 1,386 complaints regarding those products alone as of November 2016.

The FDA also discovered in its investigation that Chaz Dean Inc. and its parent company had received more than 21,000 complaints, but they were not required to report those complaints to the FDA. Researchers believe there are many additional health problems arising from cosmetic products that go unreported.

If you or a loved one has experienced health problems stemming from cosmetics or a personal care product, consult an experienced San Diego dangerous products attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire to learn about your options.

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