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From India with H1N1 claims

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA warns an online firm based in India,, it is marketing herbal products as unapproved drugs because they claim to prevent or treat the H1N1 flu virus. The agency's Jan. 26 warning letter says the noncompliant products include tinospora cordifolia, holy basil and ginger capsules. FDA has not approved the products to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat or cure H1N1, according to the letter posted on FDA's Web site April 7. The product claims on the firm's Web site included, "Regular uses of these medicines are helpful in controlling the signs and symptoms of deadly swine flu and help in early treatment of influenza." FDA says until the firm removes unapproved claims, it will include the firm's name in a list on the agency's Web site with other businesses that received warning letters about unapproved H1N1-related products

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