US Businessman Ignores Federal, State Regulators’ Warnings, Faces Criminal COVID-19 Fraud Charges
Federal prosecutors’ latest criminal case alleging fraudulent advertising and sales of vitamins and other nutrients available nonprescription in the US as remedies for infections from the novel coronavirus is against Johnny Stine, owner and operator of North Coast Biologics in Seattle.
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FDA worked on investigations with US Attorneys’ offices and other federal agencies of unlawful sales of supplements promoted to prevent or treat COVID-19 as well as other diseases and health conditions and of prescription drugs offered OTC for muscle growth or sexual enhancement.
“This type of activity always emerges during a crisis where people will take advantage of others’ desperation and fear,” says acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock in FDLI conference keynote. Regulated industries’ data are needed to continue responding to COVID-19 and prepare for “what comes next.”
FDA's decree of permanent injunction with Fusion Health and Vitality filed same day the firm announced recall of its Core Essential Nutrients and Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 products found to contain hordenine HCl.