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D&C Yellow No. 6

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 11, 2018.

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. FD&C Yellow No. 6 is not listed as a FDA-approved colorant; however FD&C Yellow No. 6 is listed. FD&C colors are the colors certified for use by the U.S. FDA in the food, drug, and cosmetic industry. FD&C indicates that the colorant is approved for use in food, drugs and cosmetics, and D&C indicates it is approved for use in drugs and cosmetics. It appears that D&C Yellow No. 6 would fall under the same regulations as FD&C Yellow No. 6.[1][2]

[1] Electronic Code of Federal Registers. Title 21: Food and Drugs. Part 74. Listing of color additives subject to certification. Subpart B. Drugs. Accessed online October 19, 2011. http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=c387334e82029536a53dde1171ba5481;rgn=div5;view=text;node=21%3A1.0.1.1.27;idno=21;cc=ecfr#21:1.0.1.1.27.2.31.35

[2] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011. http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/ColorAdditives/RegulatoryProcessHistoricalPerspectives/default.htm

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