Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warning to American consumers about the dangers of CVID-related scams. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued its own set of warnings.
In a press release Thursday, the agency informed the public of the types of products that some sellers are advertising to help treat COVID-19, and the actions taken by regulators to protect consumers.
“While we seek to ensure access to critical medical products, it is imperative that we continue our efforts to find and prevent the sale and distribution of products that may be harmful to the public health,” said FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judy McKeekin.
Fake medical products are just the latest form of fraudulent activity to put consumers at risk. The FDA, along with the Federal Trade Commission and DOJ, is currently working to combat potentially harmful and misleading “medical products” from being sold.
The FDA has issued 42 warning letters, each listed on their website, along with the firm and product name. Essential oils, hand sanitizers, and a nasal spray are just a few types of products scammers are using to mislead the public.
One specific product called “Miracle Mineral Solution,” or MMS, contained chemicals, “equivalent to industrial bleach.” After initially ignoring the FDA’s warning, a federal court has issued an injunction that requires the manufacturer to halt the distribution of the product.
An agency initiative, aptly named Operation Quack Hack, found hundreds more similar products. And the scam products aren’t always manufactured domestically. A U.K. resident was recently charged with a felony for selling product kits named “Trinity COVID-19 SARS Antipathogenic Treatment.” While law enforcement stopped the fake products from reaching their destination, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, consumers should be aware that scammers aren’t based solely in the United States.
Consumers can report suspected fraudulent medical products by emailing FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov.