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FDA, FTC Warn against Fraudulent Claims That OTC Supplements Treat STDs

Magazine article Drug Topics

FDA, FTC Warn against Fraudulent Claims That OTC Supplements Treat STDs

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FALSE ADVERTISING

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are cracking down down on fraudulent dietary supplements claiming to treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

In May the agencies sent joint warning letters to several manufacturers who claim that their products prevent, treat, or cure human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV, AIDS, herpes, and other STDs.

"No STD treatments should be available over the counter. They should be prescribed by a doctor," said Michael Levy, director of FDA's Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance.

FDA and state health officials have expressed concern that consumers who use the supplements might not seek the medical help and advice they need.

"These diseases need to be detected appropriately and accurately. Not treating any of these can cause stricture of the urethra, cancer, and AIDS, and AIDS could eventually lead to death," said Jeffrey Engel, MD, state health director of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,

Manufacturers that were warned about their labels and claims include Pacific Naturals, Polydna, Viruxoxom, Medavir Medical Advances Inc., Master Peace Inc., Immuneglory, com. Derma Remedies, and Chlamydia-clinic. …

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