Florida Becomes Fifth State to Pass ASDSA’s SUNucate Legislation


Increasing access to sunscreen in our schools is an important step in the uphill battle against skin cancer.

Legislation supported by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) and the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (FSDDS) ensuring that children are protected from dangerous sun exposure while at school was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Florida’s approval joins that of similar measures by the states of Alabama, Arizona, Utah and Washington this year.

The law, deemed SUNucate, eliminates barriers prohibiting students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen by exempting these products from requirements implemented by broad reaching ‘medication bans’, such as the need for a physician’s note or prescription. ASDSA and the FSDDS thanks both the legislature and Governor for their support of the efforts to help protect children from skin cancer.

“Creating a culture of sun-safe behavior in our youth is an important part of how we can reduce the risk of skin cancer,” said ASDSA President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD. “As dermatologic surgeons, we must help the public understand the real risks of excessive sun exposure and how to mitigate them.”

The need for SUNucate was identified by dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons and members of the media who noted that children were being required to provide a prescription from a physician in order to bring or use sunscreen at their school or camp (sunscreen is classified as an over-the-counter drug by the FDA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Preventive Services Task Force both believe that children should have access to sunscreen and other sun-protective…

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