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Health Fraud Scams

Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Health fraud scams waste money and can lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment. They can also cause serious or even fatal injuries.

Health Fraud News

Fraudulent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Products

FDA Warns Companies Illegally Selling CBD Products to Treat Medical Conditions, Opioid Addiction

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Federal judge enters emergency injunction against Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, preventing sale of Chlorine Dioxide Products Equivalent to Industrial Bleach to Treat COVID-19

FDA warns 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol as agency details safety concerns

Federal judge enters consent decree against Tennessee drug, dietary supplement and device distributors, Basic Reset and Biogenyx, for drug, device and dietary supplement violations

More Health Fraud News

Health Fraud Information

Warning Letters

Recalls

Seizures and Injunctions

Press Announcements

Public Notifications and Safety Alerts

For Consumers

Resources for You

How to Spot Health Fraud

Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List

Office of Criminal Investigations

Medication Health Fraud

Tobacco Health Fraud

Compliance Policy Guide Section 120.500 – Health Fraud

FDA on Facebook and Flickr

FDA’s Youtube Channel

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FDA is working with U.S. Government partners, including CDC, and international partners to closely monitor an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

The FDA is working to answer questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD.

Danger: Don’t Drink Miracle Mineral Solution or Similar Product

The FDA warns you not to drink sodium chlorite products such as Miracle Mineral Solution. These products can make you sick.

Unproven Alzheimer’s Disease Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued 12 warning letters and 5 online advisory letters to foreign and domestic companies that are illegally selling products that claim to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Advisory Letters

The U.S. FDA issued letters to these companies for illegally marketing products for the treatment or prevention of serious diseases. Thirty days after FDA issued these letters, the companies listed have failed to voluntarily cease illegally marketing products for serious diseases.

Registrar and Registry Abuse Complaints

The U.S. FDA sent abuse complaints to registrars managing websites that offer any unapproved drugs or uncleared devices, or potentially counterfeit, controlled, adulterated or misbranded products to U.S. consumers in violation of U.S. law.

List of Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

This list only includes a small fraction of the potentially hazardous products with hidden ingredients marketed to consumers on the internet and in retail establishments. FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements on the market that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients.

Health Fraud Recalls

The page provides information gathered from press announcements and other public notices about certain recalls of health fraud related products regulated by FDA.

Report a Problem to FDA

Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting to FDA any adverse reactions or other problems with products the agency regulates. Information on how to report a problem.

Reporting Unlawful Sales of Medical Products on the Internet

Report a website that you think is illegally selling human drugs, animal drugs, medical devices, biological products, foods, dietary supplements or cosmetics.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products.

Consumer Complaint Coordinators

To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state in which you reside.

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