FDA Cautions Consumers On Cosmetics Carrying Drug Claims
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
In a March 23 Consumer Update posted to its website, FDA suggests that some cosmetic products “go too far” with their promises and urges consumers to be skeptical when faced with cosmetics featuring drug claims.
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