Navigation Links
Will the FDA Ban Hydroquinone in Pigment Control Products?

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the US market for physician-dispensed cosmeceutical pigment control products will experience considerable growth in sales over the next five years. MRG's US Markets for Physician-Dispensed Cosmeceuticals 2009 report finds, however, that product safety issues involving hydroquinone, the active ingredient in many pigment control products, have led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to second guess the use of the compound in such products.

Pigment control products are designed to reduce hyperpigmentation of the skin, including sun and age spots, scars, and acne discolorations, along with other skin conditions that cause uneven pigmentation. In 2006, the FDA proposed a ban on over-the-counter sales of hydroquinone products due to studies in rodents that indicated that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen. Three years later, the FDA continues to review comments on the proposed ban but has yet to make a final ruling. Over-the-counter products containing 2% hydroquinone or less are still sold in the retail market, while products containing up to 4% hydroquinone are available by prescription only. The FDA plans to make a final ruling by the end of the year.

The uncertainty surrounding hydroquinone-based products has prompted some companies to explore the use of other skin lightening ingredients that are safer but yield similar aesthetic results. Additionally, some physicians have refrained from recommending hydroquinone products to their patients. Although the compound has been shown to be highly effective in skin lightening applications, concerns over product safety linger. If the FDA were to enforce a ban, all existing products in the market would require FDA approval before being sold and all products would be available by prescription only.

"If new pigment control products were able to generate fast, effective results without the use of hydroquinone, the pigment control market would experience tremendous growth," says Kevin Flewwelling, Manager of the Aesthetics division at MRG. "Although we don't think the FDA will ban the use of over-the-counter hydroquinone-based products, we expect that companies will continue to invest in the research and development of new, non-hydroquinone pigment control products because of the tremendous market opportunity."

About Report

MRG's US Markets for Physician-Dispensed Cosmeceuticals 2009 report covers the markets for physician-dispensed moisturizers, antiaging products, eye treatment products, cleansers and toners, pigment control products, acne treatments, sunscreens, and chemical peels in the US. The report provides unit sales and market revenues by product segment, including five-year forecasts, in-depth qualitative insights on leading products, and an analysis of the competitive landscape in each segment.


Members of the media are welcome to attend our upcoming webinar entitled Shifting Dynamics in the Physician-Dispensed Cosmeceuticals and Facial Aesthetics Markets. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. For more information, please contact Roisin Bonner at 416-364-7776 ext. 147 or by email at

About Millennium Research Group

Millennium Research Group (, a Decision Resources, Inc. company (, is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and the leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. The company provides specialized industry expertise through multiclient market research, ongoing Marketrack(TM) projects, customer loyalty tracking, facility-level procedure forecasting, and customized solutions.

About Decision Resources, Inc.

Decision Resources, Inc. is a cohesive portfolio of companies that offers best-in-class, high-value information, and insights on important sectors of the health care industry. Clients rely on this analysis and data to make informed decisions. Please visit Decision Resources, Inc. at

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

    For more information, contact:

    Amy Krohn
    Millennium Research Group
    416-364-7776 x101

    Elizabeth Marshall
    Decision Resources Inc.

SOURCE Millennium Research Group
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Photos: Lumixyl(TM) Enters the Market to Improve the Appearance of Hyperpigmentation without Irritation and Side Effects
2. Dermatologists Shed Light on Common Pigmentation Problems and Solutions in Skin of Color
3. Zebrafish Journal Publishes Skin Pigmentation Studies That Shed Light on the Evolution of Race
4. Cynosures Accolade(TM) Workstation for Pigmented Lesions Receives Korean Regulatory Approval
5. Neurotech Announces Completion of Enrollment of its Phase II/III Retinitis Pigmentosa and Phase II Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Studies
6. Newly Published Clinical Study Finds New Commercial Diet Program Superior to Standard Protocol for Diabetes Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Control
7. Steven Saslona Named New Controller at Jackson & Coker
8. Moms-to-Be Need Facts on Pain Control
9. Pelosi: Public Option Best Way to Control Costs, Promote Competition
10. XLHealth Appoints New Controller to Lead Financial Compliance, Accounting Initiatives
11. Brain May Use Its Minds Eye to Control Chaos
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... On November 10, 2015, Bohrer Brady, LLC filed a class and ... a home health care worker who provided companionship services for the elderly, ill or ... by Humana, Inc., Humana at Home, Inc., and SeniorBridge Family Companies (CT), Inc. since ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... According to an article published ... and more widely heralded as a breakthrough for performing hernia repairs. The article explains ... laparoscopic surgery is that it can greatly reduce the pain that a patient might ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Dental professionals who would like to become ... invited to attend Dr. Mark Iacobelli’s Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM) CE course. Courses will ... , As the co-founders of Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM), Dr. Iacobelli and Dr. D’Orazio ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... athletic programs, launches new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the ... for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 23rd 2015 Cozy ... personal heating products business. Cozy Products explains what this means for business moving ... well with the Cozy Products business model: to sell personal heaters that reduce energy ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s largest provider of health ... animal health practitioners, will unveil at the Greater New ... Pavilion , which brings together for the first time ... help any practice or laboratory enter the digital age. ... of experts appearing at the Pavilion. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV ), ... Chief Executive Officer Antonius Schuh, Ph.D., is scheduled to ... Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. th ... Palace Hotel in New York ... Mr. Schuh will be available for one-on-one meetings during ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ... , President and CEO, will discuss corporate updates at the ... New York on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 ... on Investor Relations, and then the link to the event. ... start time to visit the site and download any streaming ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: