Sunscreen Fight: The Stronger Sunscreen You Can't Buy?

Some doctors are making claims that the sunscreen available in the US is not as good as overseas versions.
3:00 | 03/21/14

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Transcript for Sunscreen Fight: The Stronger Sunscreen You Can't Buy?
Next tonight, to a brewing battle over sunscreen, the headline we first saw in the Washington post this morning, some doctors pointing out that certain sunscreens lost longer and are better for your skin. Some of the key ingredients are better to find out of the country. ABC's Ryan Owens getting answers tonight. Reporter: A beach day in Rio versus a beach day in California. It turns out those Brazilian beach bums have considerably more choices than Americans about how to protect their skin from the sun. Sunbathers in Europe and parts of Latin America have at least seven more U.V. Filters to choose from. I think the United States needs to speed up. Reporter: Many dermatologists agree. They joined forces with sunblock manufacturers to push the food and drug administration to approve a backlog of stronger sunscreens that last longer and feel better on the skin. Unfortunately, the fda doesn't always accept the research in studies done abroad and they often require the manufacturers the use. The fda hasn't approved a new sunscreen for 15 years. In 2006, the agency did approve the breakthrough chemical but only for sale from one company. That's even through europeans have been using it since 1993. The fda tells ABC news it "Remains committed to allowing sunscreens containing additional ingredients available to consumers if there is enough data to show that they are generally recognized as safe and effective. It would be nice to have more options to protect your skin. I mean, it's important. Reporter: There are plenty of sunscreens for sale in the U.S., but should there be more options? Even the fda seems inclined to think so. They will hold public hearings next week for ideas on speeding

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