FDA Issues Warning Over 65 Fraudulent Cancer Treatments

In the world of the Internet, consumers can purchase practically anything they wish for — except a surefire cure for cancer.
BY Brielle Urciuoli
PUBLISHED April 25, 2017
In the world of the Internet, consumers can purchase practically anything they wish for — except a surefire cure for cancer.
 
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 14 warning letters and four online advisories to companies that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, mitigate or cure cancer. The letters cover over 65 products that were being sold — mostly on websites and social media — without FDA approval.
 
“They [the products] have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy, and can be dangerous to both people and pets,” the FDA said in a press release.
 
The products range from supplements and vitamins to oils, creams, diagnostics devices and more.
 
Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, it is illegal to market and/or sell products claiming to fight, cure or prevent cancer without first going through rigorous testing and approval by the FDA. However, these products continue to be offered online, adding to the growing list of products about which the FDA warns American consumers.
 
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