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How to stay up-to-date on medical scams, quackery, deadly treatments

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Posted on 25 February 2019

By Erin Blakemore February 23 2019

Washington Post

A “cure” that seems too good to be true. A doctor who profits from ineffective or dangerous “treatments.” A product that doesn’t do what it says. All three are health-care frauds – and they can cheat you out of more than money.

But how can you arm yourself against these hucksters and scams? The Food and Drug Administrations’s Health Fraud Scams website is a good start.

The site offers information on all sorts of medical scams, from unlawful sales of medication to new products and common consumer boondoggles. It collects news bites and news releases from the agency, including statements on the FDA’s newest product warning letters and updates on criminal investigations.

Conditions such as erectile dysfunction, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity are represented among the FDA’s warnings. A variety of videos can help you boost your Read the rest

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You can’t use pills as a sunscreen

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Posted 24 May 2018

From ScienceAlert

You Can’t Use Pills as a Sunscreen, And Apparently The FDA Needs to Remind Us of That

By Mike McRae 24 May 2018

Owners of companies marketing ‘sun-protection’ pills have been warned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease making spurious claims, or risk breaking the law.

Meanwhile the FDA also has a word of warning for the rest of us; a number of methods have been proven to reduce the risk of damage posed by the Sun’s UV radiation, and dietary supplements just aren’t one of them.

Four products have been specifically called out by the recent statement: Advanced Skin Brightening Formula by GliSODin Skin Nutrients, Sunsafe Rx by Napa Valley Bioscience, Solaricare by Pharmacy Direct, and Sunergized LLC’s Sunergetic.

It’s claimed that by taking these nutritional supplements, consumers can reduce the risks posed by UV radiation

For example, 

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Ondamed devices

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Posted 26 April 2018

On the Ondamed website, the following claims are made:

ONDAMED; Focused Tissue Stimulation And Biofeedback
A Breakthrough Technology for you and your patients

After more than 20 years of research and clinical use in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia , these advanced Class II-a medical technologies are approved in many countries for use by medical healthcare professionals as:
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapeutic Medical Devices for Tissue Stimulation with Intended Use for Pain Relief, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Wound Healing.

Does Ondamed devices work? Are they a scam?

I could not find a single study evaluating this device in PubMed (PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites). So their claim, “more than 20 years of research and clinical use”Read the rest

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FDA Pursues Unproven Cancer Claims

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Posted 21 December 2017

December 19, 2017

FDA Pursues Unproven Cancer Claims

Rebecca Voelker, MSJ

JAMA.  2017;318(23):2288. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.19150

Four companies have received FDA warning letters for selling products online that agency officials said made unproven anticancer claims and contained a component of the marijuana plant.

The products reportedly contained cannabidiol (CBD), which isn’t FDA approved for any indication. Such products are marketed in a variety of forms including oil drops, capsules, syrup, tea, and topical lotion or cream. Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims violates the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and could harm patients, according to FDA officials.

Claims made on web pages, online stores, and social media touted the products’ abilities to combat tumor and cancer cells, make cancer cells “commit suicide” without killing other cells, and inhibit cell division and growth in certain types of cancer. Some of the products also were marketed as alternative Read the rest

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Products Claiming to “Cure” Cancer Are a Cruel Deception

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Posted 27 April 2017

Products Claiming to “Cure” Cancer Are a Cruel Deception

Food and Drug Administration

Beware of products claiming to cure cancer on websites or social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. According to Nicole Kornspan, M.P.H., a consumer safety officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they’re rampant these days.

“Anyone who suffers from cancer, or knows someone who does, understands the fear and desperation that can set in,” says Kornspan. “There can be a great temptation to jump at anything that appears to offer a chance for a cure.”

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FDA cracks down on companies pushing fraudulent cancer claims

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Posted 26 April 2017

FDA cracks down on companies pushing fraudulent cancer claims

By Laurie McGinley April 25 at 4:55 PM

Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration ordered 14 companies to stop making bogus claims about cancer cures – including asparagus extract, exotic teas and topical creams for pets – or face possible product seizures and criminal prosecution.

The letters covered more than five-dozen unapproved products that the companies touted as preventing, treating or curing cancer, a violation of federal law, the agency said. The items included pills, ointments, oils, drops, teas and diagnostic devices.

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FDA – Illegally Sold Cancer Treatments

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Posted 26 April 2017

The FDA has issued 14 warning letters and four online advisory letters to companies illegally selling more than 65 products that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, mitigate or cure cancer. The products are marketed and sold without FDA approval, most commonly on websites or social media platforms. They have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and efficacy, and can be dangerous to both people and pets.

Continue reading at https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourself/HealthFraud/ucm533465.htm

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Drug companies facing massive lawsuit over deceptive “low-testosterone” campaigns

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Posted 20 March 2017

Six sets of defendants are being sued for inappropriate marketing of testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) with misleading claims. Separate cases have been consolidated into a master complaint that is proceeding in proceeding in Illinois Federal Court. The third amended master complaint summarizes the case this way:

“TRTs were approved for use in the treatment of a medical condition known as hypogonadism, but widely marketed by Defendants for off-label use for a condition invented by Defendants and referred to as “Low T.” . . . Defendants marketed TRTs as safe and effective for this off-label use, when in fact (a) TRTs confer little or no benefit for so-called “Low T” in the absence of”classical hypogonadism”; and (b) the drugs cause serious medical problems, including life-threatening cardiac, cerebrovascular, and thromboembolic events, for which Defendants failed to provide adequate warnings.”

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