Pearly sheen not just for nail polish

July 31, 2006

The FDA has given the go-ahead to EMD Chemicals, a division of Merck KGaA, to market pigments that make pharmaceuticals more ?sthetically pleasing. The pearlescent pigments can produce a metallic, stained, or shimmery finish in tablets and liquids, and they come in different colors.

Pearly sheen not just for nail polish

The FDA has given the go-ahead to EMD Chemicals, a division of Merck KGaA, to market pigments that make pharmaceuticals more aesthetically pleasing. The pearlescent pigments can produce a metallic, stained, or shimmery finish in tablets and liquids, and they come in different colors. The chemicals approved are produced by coating the mineral mica with titanium dioxide or iron oxide; however, they may not account for more than 3% of the weight of the drug. The titanium dioxide coating was approved for use in June, but the FDA will continue to review pigments made with synthetic iron oxide before making a final decision. The company is also seeking approval from the agency to market the pigments in candy, chewing gum, and food.

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