On April 25, 2017, the Federal Drug Administration announced they had posted warning letters to 14 U.S.-based companies selling products that falsely claimed could cure, prevent, treat, or diagnose cancer. The FDA explains that despite their marketing claims, these products are not approved by the FDA and could be dangerous to consumers.
Director of the Office of Enforcement & Import Operations, Douglas W. Stern expressed his concern, “Consumers should not use these or similar unproven products because they may be unsafe and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate and potentially life-saving cancer diagnosis or treatment.” Stern goes on to discuss how important it is for consumers to remain wary of any products claiming to treat cancer without any proof.
These 14 companies are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which requires products and food claiming to mitigate, treat, or cure disease be first able to demonstrate proof to the FDA that they are safe and effective for their labeled use. The products listed in the warning letters include pills, creams, oils, ointments, teas and syrups. The FDA warns that companies often use social media sites to market their products directly to consumers, cutting out the need for third party pharmacies and medical centers.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to market products that are safe for consumers. If a manufacturer fails to instruct consumers how to use their products properly, and those consumers are injured while using them, then the manufacturer could be held responsible. At Matzus Law LLC LLC, we have extensive experience helping victims injured due to negligence. Attorney Jason Matzus has spent 20 years handling complex personal injury cases. Contact our offices today to schedule your initial consultation.