Utah Silver Supplement Provider's COVID-19 Remedy Claim No Surprise To Authorities
Federal court issues TRO blocking My Doctor Suggests, GP Silver and their owner, Gordon Pedersen, from continuing to sell or distribute silver colloidal products for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any disease.
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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.
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