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Mexoryl: L’Oreal Professor Myles Bassell Business 50.9 Consumer Behavior Brooklyn College Case Study Critical Thinking and Concept Application Chapter 1 Consumers Rule: Mexoryl – L’Oreal: Skin Cancer When did the welfare of consumers become an issue? List 3 government agencies have been created to oversee consumer-related activities? Go to http://www.cpsc.gov/about/about.html What type of risk is the Consumer Product Safety Commission trying to protect us from? Go to http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/fda101/fda101text.html What is the mission of the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.)? A growing number of Americans obtain their medications from foreign locations, often seeking out suppliers in Canada. But FDA cannot ensure the safety of drugs bought from these sources. List 6 potential health risks with imported drugs that are mentioned near the bottom of the article “Imported Drugs Raise Safety Concerns” Go to http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2002/502_import.html What is Mexoryl and what are the alleged benefits of the ingredient? What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays? If such a product is available in other first world countries, discuss the ethical implications of the F.D.A. not allowing the same product to be available to U.S. consumers. Is the F.D.A. protecting or harming people? Is the government justified in its concern for consumer safety? Until summer 2006 it was illegal for people to obtain Mexoryl based products in the United States. Was it therefore also unethical to buy such products on the internet? Is it acceptable to buy FDA banned products in Canada and bring them back to the US? Is it any different than buying marijuana in Amsterdam (where it is legal) and consuming it in the US?