FTC & FDA issue warning letters to supplement sellers

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Ads abound for products that claim to treat or prevent serious health conditions. Unfortunately, these products often are unproven and useless. Sometimes the ads even make false promises for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia – conditions for which science has no cure.

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to certain companies making unproven claims that their products can treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Many of these products are sold on websites and social media platforms – and called “dietary supplements” or natural remedies. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe.

Products that claim to do it all often do nothing. So even though you want to believe the promises, be skeptical, and avoid products that claim to cure incurable conditions or are promoted with phrases like “scientific breakthrough,” “ancient remedy,” or “miraculous cure.”

The reality is that phony miracle products can be dangerous, and not just because of interactions with medicines you’re already taking. They also might cause you to delay or stop proven medical treatment ordered by – or available from – your physician. They might also delay you from making important dietary and lifestyle changes to help your condition. And some may contain unlabeled and unapproved drugs, which can cause serious injury or death.

Always talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional before you try any new treatment.

For more information, see Dietary Supplements. To find reliable sources of information about diseases and their treatments, visit MedlinePlus.gov and Healthfinder.gov. To learn more about alternative and complementary medicine, visit nccam.nih.gov.

 

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Thank you for your information! Although I suffer from Alzheimer’s, I would never try
medicines or drugs not prescribed for me by my doctor. I truly hope all who read your article apply common sense given them by their doctors vice con artists. One can only hope that their will be a breakthrough for this dreaded disease very soon!

WHY ARE THERE NO REGS. IN PLACE TO PREVENT THIS. HOW ABOUT LIFE @ HARD LABOR?

I am glad to see this action since there are many cases like these in Puerto Rico TV. One of them is the called CMA de PR. The worst cases the we see in PR are cures for cancer, ED, dementia, and all forms of artritis. Some of the advs claim to cure more than a dozen medical conditions. Please take strong measures to end this abuse.

I always check for reviews before I purchase anything new on the internet. I always question these miraculous "potions" that is going to make me all better when there is no known cure.

Thank you.

How about forcing FULL refunds to those that have already been taken - Warning have little effect and let them keep monies already collected.....

How about forcing FULL refunds to those that have already been taken - Warning have little effect and let them keep monies already collected.....

What particular or specific companies are these warnings about?

The FTC press release explains that the FTC joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in sending three warning letters to companies based in Florida, South Carolina, and New Mexico.

As detailed in the letters sent to Gold Crown Natural Products, TEK Naturals, and Pure Nootropics, LLC the Commission has reviewed the companies’ advertisements and believes they may violate the FTC Act by making false or unsubstantiated health claims. Specifically, the FTC is warning about advertisements claiming to treat Alzheimer’s and remediate or cure other serious illnesses including Parkinson’s, heart disease, and cancer.

How about, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Common sense is needed here. Always check with your doctor or medical professional before taking anything that has not been prescribed for you. You can really endanger your system by taking supplements if you don't know the side effects. Do your homework in this area.

any comments pro suppliment are being censored!

"Thanks! Your comment has been submitted for review."
i get that and something about "capcha reuse".. all lies. i should file a consumer complaint about this site! censorship is still censorship all be it with another name!

I have Tinnitus and have had it for many years. I've seen so many types of cures for this in stores and advertised on all kinds of media. My doctor told me there is no cure for this. I've dabbled with a couple of so-called cures and sure enough they don't cure it.

Thank you for being on top of this. And please, it's not just these few; there are SO many advertising on network TV making outragious claims that cannot possibly be true. We The People would love it if you could put a stop to this, as well.

I'm 82 and subject to promising supplements. My doctor just suggested deleting four of my six brands. I often wondered if this was a hoax. I don't feel any better since taking them. My biggest objection is the practice of requesting a trial sample and of course they need your mailing address and a credit card. Once you try it you suddenly start receiving an additional product at $75 to $110 charges on your card which I found almost impossible to delete. Thank You for this post.

Thank you for the update and I am glad to be made aware of these scam artist.

FDA is trying to make vitamins prescription. 100 years ago nothing was prescription required.

100 years ago it was not necessary to control the medicarion market. Today the FDA is essential for public wellfare.

Thank you for your information.

Why doesn't the FTC or FDA do something about those Prevagen commercials that cruelly give false hope to Alzheimer and dementia patients?

I don't want to start a tiresome political debate by citing a particular party, but as long as Congress keeps downsizing & underfunding the Federal agencies whose mission is to protect & assist the American public, we can only expect more intrusion from the darkside of human nature.

That old proverbial carrot that is dangled before persons looking for genuine natural remedies is just too tempting and alluring & we tend to reach for that carrot, knowing full well that the makers are just looking to further line their pockets and don't give a fig about the harm they may be causing the populace!!

Big Pharma also make the same claims.

Please investigate “El Centro Medico Adaptogeno de Puerto Rico.” Their TV Commercial sounds like a fraud.

My deceased father probably spent at least $10,000 or more on these fraudulent cures. We would try to reason with him and beg him to stop, but he was always certain that the next one would be the magic cure . We had boxes and boxes of pills he had purchased to dispose of when he died. My elderly mother, still alive, could have used those funds to help make her life better. I feel like he was robbed, even tho he was a willing victim. Interestingly, whatever was printed in their brochures he accepted as the truth, and when we tried to object, we were told we needed to prove the statements were lies. An impossible situation. One ridiculous example he fell for was an exercise bike that was supposed to pump oxygen into your lungs as you pedaled; the increased oxygen would cure everything. When it arrived there was a cheap exercise bike with a little mask attached. Even he realized he had been duped. But he never got his $500 dollar back.

Go after these crooks!!

Was this about natural cure's or pharmaceuticals? The descriptions and possible effects sounds
so much alike.

Fred Eicchorn CELLECT product and its half dozen renamed products should be at the top of the FDA AND FTC’s lists!!! TOTAL Scam, with advertising and marketing targeted to desperately sick people, yet Year after year, he continues since the feds gave up years ago.

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