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A Pill for Sunscreen?


A new option promises protection from the sun, but it's not a lotion or spray. What if sun protection came in a pill? The little orange pills claim to be antioxidants that, "help maintain your skin's ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging." NBC4's Ellie Merritt spoke with Dr. Thomas Olencki at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center about the claims. "They're not sunscreen," Merritt asked. "Correct. And they are not meant to be replacements for sunscreen," Olencki said. The pills are not sunscreen in a bottle, and even the ads for the pills advise users to keep using sunscreen. Doctors said they worry the pills could give users a false sense of protection against the sun. The supplements are not FDA regulated, and doctors said there are no large studies demonstrating their benefit. This coverage resulted from pitching efforts and a multimedia release distributed by OSU Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, available online at: http://www.cancer.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases/Pages/Ohio-State-Cancer-Expert-Separates-Facts-Of-Sun-Safety-From-Fiction.aspx.

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