/ July 2, 2008

FDA Takes On Supplement Providers Over Fake Claims

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to companies peddling drugs for cancer patients that they claim to be as effective as FDA approved medication would be. Most of the treatments are homeopathic and have garnered no scientific proof that they have a positive effect on cancer; a requirement necessary for this kind of drug labeling according to FDA regulations. Officials were considering a number of factors when they threatened pressing charges if the companies do not change their claims soon. Although the adverse effects of such drugs are still unknown, the agency is concerned over the false hope companies are offering to their users. There have been no orders to pull any of the supplements off the shelves, only to make changes to their advertisement. Empty promises of cancer cures just a bottle away may attract patients away from conventional treatment in the hopes of finding a more economical way to treat their condition. In the long run, the FDA reminds, these savings are not worth it. Luckily, the FDA is not alone in their crusade as the Federal Trade Commission also targets companies involved in false advertising. Together, the two agencies are hoping to lessen the confusion over cancer treatments as soon as possible. While the companies in question insist they meant no harm by their marketing, most will heed the FDA’s wishes. Although they will be adjusting the wording, several producers stand by the claim that they sell supplements strong enough to treat and, in some instances, cure cancer. Whether or not consumers believe them, is out of their hands. Source: WashingtonPost.com

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