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FDA launches new anti-fraud site.

Posted: 23 November 2011

FDA launches new anti-fraud site. 

FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) has launched a Health Fraud Scams Web site designed to educate the public and regulated industry about health-fraud scams.

http://www.fda.gov/healthfraud 

The site includes newly developed videos, a brochure in English and Spanish, information on compliance actions, press releases, and how to report a problem with an FDA regulated product.

1 comment to FDA launches new anti-fraud site.

  • Roy

    Thanks for this information Harris.

     
    The FDA site defines health fraud scams as: "Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses."
     
    In South Africa in 2004 an even better proposed definition of health fraud was: "health fraud means the promotion. advertisement, distribution. or sale of medicines or articles, intended for human or animal use, that is represented as being effective to diagnose, prevent, cure, treat, or mitigate disease (or other conditions), or to provide a beneficial effect on health, but which has not been proven safe and effective for such purposes and such practice is intended to defraud or mislead the public."
     
    The South African definition was included in proposed complementary medicines regulations (2004) which were rejected by the powerful complementary and "natural" medicines lobby which included the Health Products Association (HPA) and Dr Matthias Rath.
     
    There is regrettably no mention of "health fraud" in the latest version of the draft medicines reglations.

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