The FDA just issued strongly-worded letters to 14 U.S. companies that have been marketing and selling products that claim to prevent and/or treat cancer. The 14 companies sell 65 different cancer-related products that are available for purchase on various websites, including through social media.
According to the FDA news release, the companies that received the warning letters made products such as ‘pills, topical creams, ointments, oils, drops, syrups, teas and diagnostics (such as thermography devices).’
The letters request that each company notify the FDA of their plans to cease production and sale of the products or to seek product approval from the FDA. Failure to react appropriately will be met with legal consequences.
FDA Enforces Strict Rules on Claims Products Can Make
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act forbids companies from marketing products as a cure or treatment for any condition without rigorous testing and approval from the Food & Drug Administration.
The organization finds products that make claims of curing or treating cancer (or other diseases) dangerous because many seek these treatments as alternatives to seeing a physician that can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan with evidence-backed measures of success.
The companies manufacturing these products can be found here.