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FDA, FTC Act To Remove Fraudulent STD Products From The Market
Date:5/3/2011

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"These companies are on notice that advertising health benefits that are not supported by rigorous scientific evidence violates the FTC Act," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "They also should know that health scams that endanger public health will not be tolerated."  

Consumers should be aware that there are no over-the-counter or online drugs or dietary supplements available to treat or prevent STDs. Appropriate treatment of STDs can only occur under the supervision of a health care professional. There are many FDA-approved medications available for treating these conditions, but they do require a prescription.

"Our Warning Letters give these firms time to voluntarily comply with the law," said Dara Corrigan, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA will continue to take aggressive enforcement action against firms that market false treatments or cures that may lead to significant public health consequences."

The Warning Letters inform the companies that they have 15 days to notify the FDA of the steps they have taken to correct the violations cited. Failure to do so may result in legal action, including seizure and injunction, or criminal prosecution.  

Consumers and health care professionals should notify the FDA to file a complaint or report a problem with these products. Reports may be made to MedWatch, the FDA's voluntary reporting program, by calling 800-FDA-1088, or electronically at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm .

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