Drugs and Nutrition Supplements: What Can You Believe?
Beware of Fraudulent 'Dietary Supplements'
Federal regulators continue to warn consumers about tainted, dangerous products that are marketed as dietary supplements. These fraudulent products can cause serious injury or even death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found nearly 300 fraudulent products, promoted mainly for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding that contain hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients. Remember, FDA cannot test all products on the market to identify those that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers must also be aware of these dangerous products and learn how to identify and avoid them using the warning signs described in this article.
Court Orders Internet Marketers of Acai Berry Weight-Loss Pills and 'Colon Cleansers' to Stop Deceptive Advertising and Unfair Billing Practices
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has ordered the marketers of acai berry supplements, 'colon cleansers,' and other products to temporarily halt an Internet sales scheme that allegedly scammed consumers out of $30 million or more in 2009 alone through deceptive advertising and unfair billing practices. The FTC will seek a permanent prohibition. Since 2007, victimized consumers have flooded law enforcement agencies and the Better Business Bureau with more than 2,800 complaints about the company.
Don't Put Your Health in the Hands of Crooks
It couldn't be easier ordering prescription drugs online with a few clicks of the mouse and having them delivered right to your door, without ever having to see a doctor. But is it safe? Is it legal?
FDA Operation Reveals Many Drugs Promoted as 'Canadian' Products Really Originate From Other Countries
An FDA operation found that nearly half of the imported drugs FDA intercepted from four selected countries were shipped to fill orders that consumers believed they were placing with "Canadian" pharmacies. Of the drugs being promoted as "Canadian," based on accompanying documentation, 85 percent actually came from 27 countries around the globe. A number of these products also origin, safety, and efficacy. We believe that these 'bait and switch' tactics-offering patients one thing and then giving them something else- are misleading to patients and potentially harmful to the public health."
FDA Warns Public of Continued Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of a continued international extortion scam. The criminals call the victims who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the Internet or via "telepharmacies" and identify themselves as FDA special agents or other law enforcement officials. The criminals inform the victims that purchasing drugs over the Internet or the telephone is illegal, and that law enforcement action will be pursued unless a fine or fee ranging from $100 to $250,000 is paid. Victims often also have fraudulent transactions placed against their credit cards.
FTC Warns Consumers About Scam Artists' Pitch for Potassium Iodide Treatment
Recent reports of events in Japan are causing scam artists to try to convince consumers that they need potassium iodide pills and drops to protect themselves. Potassium iodide, or KI, can help prevent thyroid cancer, which is one of the biggest risks from contamination with radioactive iodine. However, public health experts agree that U.S. residents should not buy or take potassium iodide unless specifically notified or instructed by public health officials.
Medicare Beneficiaries Urged to Be on the Look-out for Phone Scams
Seniors and people with disabilities should be aware of a scheme that asks Medicare beneficiaries for money and checking account information to help them enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. NO Medicare drug plan can ask a person with Medicare for bank account or other personal information over the telephone.
VA Warns Veterans of Telephone Prescription Scam
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is warning Veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information. Veteran Service Organizations have brought to VA's attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone. They say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and ask for the Veteran's credit card number.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: June 13, 2013
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