(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about fraudulent coronavirus treatments.
The FDA has found hundreds of products claiming to treat, prevent or cure COVID-19. These products have not been shown to be safe or effective, the FDA noted. In fact, these fraudulent products may actually pose significant risks to you and your family.
If consumers turn to these products that claim to cure, treat or prevent COVID-19, they may delay or stop appropriate medical care. Delaying the right care or stopping appropriate treatment can place people at serious and life-threatening risk.
Some of these fraudulent products include essential oils, patches, gels, CBD products, teas and tinctures, colloidal silver and dietary supplements.
In the past few weeks, the FDA said it has found other fraudulent products, such as medical devices, at-home test kits and vaccines. These fraudulent products are being sold on store shelves and online.
A few weeks ago, the FDA issued warning letters to several companies for selling fraudulent products related to COVID-19. Since then, more companies and products have been discovered.
The FDA has now issued a total of 42 warning letters to the following companies that claimed that their products either prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19:
- Essential oils: Earth Angel Oils, Hopewell Essential Oils, Ananda, LLC DBA Ananda Apothecary, Health Mastery Systems DBA Pure Plant Essentials, GuruNanda LLC and Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd
- CBD products: Nova Botanix LTD DBA CanaBD, CBD Online Store, Native Roots Hemp, Indigo Naturals and Neuro XPF
- Gels: Alive By Nature, Inc.
- Patches: Santiste Labs LLC
- Nasal spray: Corona-cure.com
- Viral protection kits: GlutaGenic
- Hand sanitizers: Prefense LLC
- Vitamins: DrJockers.com, LLC
- Homeopathic drug products: The Art Of Cure, Alternative Health Experts LLC DBA Immunization Alternatives and Homeomart Indibuy
- Herbal products: Herbs of Kedem, Cathay Natural, LLC and Carahealth
- Chlorine dioxide products: Genesis 2 Church
- Drinks, tinctures or teas: NRP Organics Ltd, Herbal Amy Inc., Gaia Arise Farms Apothecary and Earthley Wellness dba Modern Alternative Mama LLC
- Products containing silver: Gaia's Whole Healing Essentials, LLC, JRB Enterprise Group Inc. DBA Anti Aging Bed, Xephyr LLC dba N-ergetics, Colloidal Vitality LLC and The Jim Bakker Show
- Salt therapy products: Halosense Inc.
- Other products: Honey Colony LLC, Dr. Dhole's Sushanti Homeopathy Clinic, Copper Touch, LLC, The GBS dba Alpha Arogya India Pvt Ltd, Free Speech Systems LLC d.b.a. Infowars.com, Savvy Holistic Health dba Holistic Healthy Pet, Bioactive C60/FullerLifeC60 LLC and Vivify Holistic Clinic
The FDA said it continues to take steps to find and stop companies from selling unapproved products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19.
A few things the FDA wants the public to know when trying to judge whether a product is legitimate:
- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- “Miracle cures” that claim a scientific breakthrough or contain a secret ingredient are likely a scam.
- You can’t test yourself for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and call your health care provider.