Cosmetic Safeguards

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Anti-Wrinkle Lotion: Cosmetic or Drug?

Ecent seizure by U.S. marshals of shipments of new wrinkle-eradicator lotions has raised the question of how far the government should go in attempting to protect women against their own folly in the search for eternal youth. The complaint in the present cases is largely technical: the main charge is that the manufacturers neglected to submit the preparations for approval by the Food and Drug Administration in accordance with procedures established by law for certification of new drugs. The manufacturers contend that they were not required to follow those procedures because the preparations are not drugs but cosmetics. If any of several bills now pending in Congress should become law, there would be no difference of opinion on this point; ...

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