New crackdown on fake cancer cures
The FDA has announced an effort to crack down on companies marketing these remedies, which include bloodroot-based salves previously discussed in this forum:
""Although promotions of bogus cancer 'cures' have always been a problem, the Internet has provided a mechanism for them to flourish," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "These warning letters (to marketers) are an important step to ensure that consumers do not become the victim of false 'cures' that may cause greater harm to their health."
The FDA urges consumers to consult their health care provider about discontinuing use of these products and to seek appropriate medical attention if they have experienced any adverse effects.
The products contain ingredients such as bloodroot, shark cartilage, coral calcium, cesium, ellagic acid, Cat's Claw, an herbal tea called Essiac, and mushroom varieties such as Agaricus Blazeii, Shitake, Maitake, and Reishi.
Because these products claim to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease, and these products have not been shown to be safe and effective for their labeled conditions of use, they are unapproved new drugs marketed in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Examples of fraudulent claims for these products include:
"Treats all forms of cancer"
"Causes cancer cells to commit suicide!"
"80% more effective than the world's number one cancer drug"
"Skin cancers disappear"
"Target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone"
"Shrinks malignant tumors"
"Avoid painful surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or other conventional treatments""
The problem is that enforcement actions often take a long time, and companies can profit off fake cures over that period, then disappear and turn up again under new names selling the same types of junk. Still, it's encouraging to see some action taking place.
Here is a link that might be useful: More info on crackdown