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Fraudulent COVID -19 products

Fraudulent COVID -19 products

Last Reviewed : 12/30/2020
 Fraudulent COVID -19 products

COVID UPDATES FROM FDA (May 27, 2020):

  • The FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to four companies for promoting and participating in the sale of fraudulent COVID-19 products, as part of the agency’s effort to protect consumers. There are currently no FDA-approved products to prevent or treat COVID-19. Consumers concerned about COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider.
    • The first company warned, CBD Gaze, participates in the Amazon Associates program. As an Amazon associate, the company earns commissions by promoting the sale of CBD products with misleading claims that the products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19 in people.
    • The second company warned, Alternavita, participates in the Amazon Associates program. As an Amazon associate, the company earns commissions by promoting the sale of grapefruit seed extract, colostrum, and cod liver oil products with misleading claims that the products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19 in people.
    • The third company warned, Musthavemom.com, participates in the Amazon Associates program. As an Amazon associate, the company earns commissions by promoting the sale of products including colloidal silver, vitamins, minerals, herb oils and a homeopathic drug product with misleading claims that the products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19 in people.
    • The fourth company warned, Careful Cents, LLC, participates in the Amazon Associates program. As an Amazon associate, the company earns commissions by promoting the sale of essential oil products with misleading claims that the products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19 in people.
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma entered a preliminary injunction against Xephyr LLC, doing business as N-Ergetics, and individual defendants Brad Brand, Derill J. Fussell and Linda Fussell. The injunction requires Xephyr and the associated individuals to, among other things, immediately stop distributing colloidal silver products. It was issued on the same basis as a temporary restraining order entered by the court on May 14, 2020. As noted then, defendants offered their colloidal silver products for sale to treat coronavirus, which includes COVID-19 and many other diseases, and, which FDA alleges violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) because the products are unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs. The preliminary injunction governs throughout the course of the legal proceeding, thereby disrupting the supply chain for defendants’ fraudulent colloidal silver products until the court rules on permanent relief. The complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice at FDA’s request. The claims made in the complaint are allegations that, if the case were to proceed to trial, the government must prove to receive a permanent injunction.

SOURCE: United States Food and Drug Administration

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