Dingell, once a chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has written to the FDA to question delays approving sunscreen ingredients that have been used overseas for years.
He cited National Cancer Institute estimates that direct costs associated with treating melanoma in 2010 were $2.36 billion.
Dingell noted in his letter that when the FDA established the TEA process, it indicated it would “strive to complete TEA evaluations in 90-180 days.”
“Many of the currently pending TEA applications represent a history of safe and effective use in a foreign country for as long as 15 years,” he said.
An email to Dingell’s office was not returned by press time.
Rich Gold, who heads the lobbying practice at Holland & Knight, said the PASS Coalition is doing online advertising, traditional lobbying and social-media outreach. The firm Hilltop Public Solutions is assisting with grass-tops outreach. The coalition also has commissioned polling research.
“The active ingredients in sunscreens are a generation behind those that are available in most of the rest of the world,” Gold said. “My daughter is at spring break in Mexico, using a new sunscreen ingredient that is more protective in more ways than what you can go buy at CVS.”
He added that the coalition wants to make sure the issue “doesn’t get lost on the floor in the midst of immigration reform and debt reduction.”