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DoJ Casts Criminal Charge Net For Supplements Making STD Claims

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

DoJ announces misdemeanor charges against firm warned about making unapproved claims of treating STDs and cancer for products marketed as dietary supplements, while FDA continues finding the banned weight loss drug sibutramine in products.

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