Thursday, December 19, 2013

FDA warns against online health scams


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against miracle and cure-all health supplements that have proliferated in the market.
FDA Advisory No. 2013-064 warns: “Scammers promise unsuspecting consumers of miracle/cure-all health supplements and other medical cures that are offering unbelievable results.  Be wary of these advertisements and marketing schemes of unscrupulous individuals whose main concern is profit.”
The following reminders are included in the warning to help consumers exercise caution over said scams:
Cure-all health supplements that promised quick and easy remedies for serious health conditions. The truth: Health/dietary supplements are merely food products intended to be taken only to support the nutritional needs of the body and not meant to have any therapeutic effect or to replace prescribed medications. These products are usually not approved by the FDA, ineffective, and in some cases they may actually affect your health.
Be wary of internet advertisements for rapid weight loss or whitening/ beauty treatments. If such advertisements are too good to be true, suspect that it is a scam. Usually these products may cause you harm instead of the desired results. Always remember that there is no substitute for proper diet and regular exercise and no such thing as sole item of a meal or diet or replacement of drugs and medicines.
The FDA also encouraged consumers to report health scams or counterfeit drugs to the government agency through email at report@fda.gov.ph.
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