FDA Cracks Down on Swine Flu Hoaxes

July 30th, 2009 | Sources: FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration is mad as hell about illegal products marketed over the Internet claiming to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) flu virus.

And it’s not going to take it anymore.

The FDA has warned consumers to stay away from Swine flu products that it has not approved, cleared, or authorized, and beginning in May, it warned more than 50 offending Web site operators to cut it out (see full list here).

Approximately 66% of them did so.

That wasn’t good enough for FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. In a press release last week she said “we are committed to pursuing those who attempt to take advantage of a public health emergency by promoting and marketing unapproved, or unauthorized products. We will (continue) our efforts to protect consumers from these fraudulent, potentially dangerous products.”

The bogus products targeted by the FDA include:
– A shampoo claiming to protect against H1N1,
– A dietary supplement claiming to protect infants and children from H1N1,
– A supplement claiming to cure H1N1 in 4-8 hours,
– A spray claiming to leave a layer of ionic silver on one’s hands that killes the virus
– Several tests claiming to detect the virus, and
– An electronic instrument costing thousands of dollars claiming to use “photobiotic energy” and “deeply penetrating mega-frequency life-force energy waves” to strengthen the immune system and prevent symptoms associated with H1N1.

The scammers were discovered during Internet sweeps undertaken by the several FDA departments and other agencies.

The FDA has threatened to take civil or criminal enforcement action against vendors that fail to comply with the marching orders.


 

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