Where To Buy Wen Hair Products: The pharmacy at any corner drug store is brimming with pharmaceuticals that have been meticulously designed, tested, and monitored. In contrast, aisles stocked with personal care products—shampoos, cosmetics, and lotions—are another matter entirely.
For the most part, these products are not subject to any kind of regulation. The gels, lotions, and mixtures that we slather on our skin and massage into our heads on a regular basis do not have to pass through any regulatory hoops before being sold at grocery shops and pharmacies.
These goods are only investigated by the Food and Drug Administration when people voluntarily report problems with them. And, even when there are significant issues, people are reluctant to disclose them to the FDA. A trio of academics argues in a study letter published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine that something has to be done.
The recent issue concerning WEN by Chaz Dean hair care products serves as a primary source of inspiration for their position. (You’ve probably seen the infomercials with celebrities on them.)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an inquiry into WEN in 2014 after receiving complaints that the brand’s Cleansing Conditioners were hurting scalps and resulting in hair loss. The FDA received a total of 127 complaints, which is a significant number. In 2007, for example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received fewer than 200 total complaints about all personal care items supplied in the country.
According to the researchers, who published their findings this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the situation should not have escalated to this point. Northwestern University’s Michael Kwa, Leah J. Welty, and Shuai Xu said researchers and regulators require better surveillance, monitoring, and coordinated data collecting in order to protect consumers.
“Better cosmetic surveillance is required due to the widespread use of cosmetics and the lack of a premarket approval procedure,” the authors write. “Unlike medical devices, medicines, and dietary supplements, cosmetic producers are not required by law to report adverse events to the Food and Drug Administration.”
To begin, the researchers combed through the Food and Drug Administration’s database of consumer complaints about personal care items that it had received. The system is known as the Adverse Event Reporting System, and it is operated by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Following the WEN’s objections, the agency made the information public in 2016.