US Enforcement On COVID-19 Consumer Health Fraud Circles Back To Ayurvedic Products
Georgia firm promoted a product as interrupting “infection chain” of coronavirus. Total of fraudulent COVID-19 claims FDA’s found in consumer health space approaches 200.
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Decisions in US Circuit and District courts for District of Columba are on complaint by Rx drug firm MediNatura, but should resonate for OTC homeopathic firms as well as all businesses across the sector. MediNatura appealed district ruling rejecting request for injunction against FDA’s withdrawal of 1988 homeopathic CPG.
Complaints about potentially false COVID-19 claims are one source for FTC investigations to determine whether warnings or other enforcement are warranted. FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network includes nearly 10,000 pandemic fraud complaints, including reports of alleged losses from payments for goods and services not delivered or provided.