Ebola Crisis Causes Drug Claim Symptoms In Products Marketed As Supplements
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
FTC joins FDA in one of the three warning letters to firms claiming their products can either prevent or treat Ebola.
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Supplement firms are safest avoiding any mention of the flu, and trade groups see flu claims as a red flag for other problems. But flu season perennially brings in claims that skirt – or cross – the line, where they could draw fire from FDA.
A warning letter sent jointly by FDA and the Federal Trade Commission takes a double-pronged approach toward cracking down on a supplement marketer's claims regarding the H1N1 flu virus