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Popular drug ingredients banned.

Washington, D.C.: The Food and Drug Administration has prohibited the inclusion of 223 nonprescription drug ingredients in products because no proof has been presented to confirm their effectiveness.

The ingredients are found in 19 classes of products used to treat problems ranging from acne and dandruff to diarrhea and pain.

Some well-known products are affected. Anti-dandruff shampoos such as Tegrin Lotion can no longer include allantoin, and Packers shampoo and soap cannot include pine tar. The anti-diarrhea product Donnagel cannot contain atropine sulfate, hyoscyamine sulfate, or scopolamine hydrobromide.

Aspirin may no longer be used in topical analgesic products (such as the "hot" and "cold" ice creams to relieve pain (Ben-Gay [R], etc.), although it is still considered effective for external pain relief.

Other banned external analgesics include Eucalyptus oil and chloral hydrate.

The ingredients were found in products approved before 1962, the year new legislation was passed requiring drug manufacturers to submit proof of product efficacy and safety.
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Title Annotation:223 nonprescription drug ingredients banned by the Food and Drug Administration - no proof of effectiveness
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jun 22, 1991
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