The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to 23 U.S. companies and two foreign individuals marketing a wide range of products that fraudulently claim to prevent and cure cancer. The FDA also warns North American consumers against using or purchasing these products, which include tablets, teas, tonics, black salves and creams, and are sold under various names on the Internet.
The products contain ingredients such as bloodroot, shark cartilage, coral calcium, cesium, ellagic acid, cat's claw, an herbal tea called Essiac® and mushroom varieties such as Agaricus Blazei, shitake, maitake and reishi.
Those companies and individuals warned, the complete list of fake cancer 'cure' products and their manufacturers along with a consumer article on health scams can be found by clicking here.
The FDA urges consumers to consult their healthcare providers about discontinuing use of these products and to seek appropriate medical attention if they have experienced any adverse effects.
Because these products claim to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease but have not been shown to be safe and effective for their labeled conditions of use, they are unapproved new drugs marketed in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The Warning Letters are part of the FDA's ongoing efforts, in collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Canadian government agencies, to prevent deceptive products from reaching consumers.
Parties that fail to properly resolve violations cited in Warning Letters are subject to enforcement action up to and including seizure of illegal products, injunction and possible criminal prosecution.
Consumers and healthcare professionals should notify the FDA of any complaints or problems associated with these products.