Feb 15 U.S. health regulators have sent letters
to nine Internet distributors of dietary supplements warning
them against making false claims about their products' ability
to fight the flu.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted the letters on
its website late Thursday in an effort to steer consumers away
from a variety of herbal products that the distributors claim
reduce the duration or severity of the flu.
In a letter to a company called Supplementality LLC, for
example, FDA said the distributor was improperly offering
products intended to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat or cure
the flu virus, and demanded the company "immediately cease
marketing" in this way.
Products included in the warning include Resveratrol,
Garlic, Echinacea, Elderberry, Ashwagandha and Astragalus Immune
Other companies which received warning letters included
Discount Online Pharmacy, Kosher Vitamin Express, Medsnoscript,
Oasis Consumer Healthcare LLC, Secure Medical Inc., Sun Drug
Store, Vitalmax Vitamins, and University of Berkley, whose
marketing of the "Berkley-Body-Immune Flu Prevention product
violates the law.
(Reporting By Toni Clarke; Editing by Nick Zieminski)