FDA Investigating WEN Hair Loss Claims

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is investigating WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, a line of products that have been linked to hair loss, balding, itching, rash and other hair damage.

What’s the Problem?

July 19, 2016 – According to an FDA warning issued today, through July 7 the agency has received at least 127 adverse event reports associated with WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products, which is “the largest number of reports ever associated with any cosmetic hair cleansing product, including cleansing conditioners.”

FDA is also investigating over 21,000 complaints reported directly to Chaz Dean, Inc. and Guthy Renker, LLC, that it became aware of during inspections of the companies’ facilities.

The agency hasn’t yet found a likely cause for the problems — hair loss/breakage, balding, itching and rashes — and is requesting that the company “provide any data that might help us to better understand the reports of hair loss associated with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products.”

Additionally, FDA is asking doctors and other healthcare providers to notify their patients of the potential for hair loss and other adverse events linked to WEN by Chaz Dean.

If you currently using WEN Cleansing Conditioner products, the agency wants you to be aware of these problems, and to report any side effects that could be related to the products. If you experience a bad reaction, you should stop using the product immediately and consult your dermatologist or other healthcare provider.

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