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FD&C Yellow No. 6

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. FD&C Yellow No. 6 (also known as sunset yellow) is a colorant used in drug dosage forms such as tablets and capsules. It is also approved for use in foods and cosmetics. FD&C Yellow No. 6, a water-soluble, monoazo dye, imparts a reddish-yellow color to medicinal dosage forms. Animals studies have not reported a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) potential for FD&C Yellow No. 6.[1] [2]

[1] Huff J.Environ. Health Perspect. FD&C Yellow No. 6. 1982.45:209-10. Accessed 10/20/2011.

[2] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011.

Further information

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