Like Health And Economic Impact, COVID-19 Unprecedented As Unlawful Claims Driver
Variety of products advertised with false coronavirus claims also grew in FTC's latest warnings submitted. It warned 21 firms on claims for products including IV drips, ozone therapy and stem cell treatments.
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Until FDA on 23 June posted report about Golden Nutrition Inc.’s herbal supplement, violative COVID-19 claims had been found online and in advertising through other channels. Other consumer health recalls in US include more than 2.5m bottles of Gaviscon Liquid Antacid missing a safety warning on labels.
US FDA and FTC warned a California integrative medicine doctor for offering ozone treatment and UV light therapy to prevent COVID-19 as well as a private blogger and an Amazon vendor who recommended vitamins for preventing the virus.
Supplement immunity claims are more likely to get regulators’ attention when they also explain immunity’s importance, often moving into treatment claims, says attorney Justin Prochnow. Hash tags mentioning COVID-19 or staying healthy during the pandemic also can suggest products treat the virus.