The FDA is enforcing the laws that protect consumers from illegal products marketed through the Internet that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, but are not approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA. On May 1, 2009, the FDA warned consumers regarding these products and advised operators of offending Web sites that they must take immediate action to ensure they are not marketing these fraudulent products. Since then, the FDA has issued more than 50 warnings letters and as a result, more than 66% of those Web sites have removed the offending claims and/or products. Examples of unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products include:
- A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus
- A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children from contracting the H1N1 flu virus
- A supplement that claimed to cure H1N1 flu infection within 4–8 hours
- A spray that claimed to leave a layer of ionic silver on one’s hands that killed the virus
- Several tests that have not been approved to detect the H1N1 flu virus
- An electronic instrument that claimed to utilize “photobiotic energy” and “deeply penetrating mega-frequency life-force energy waves” to strengthen the immune system and prevent symptoms associated with H1N1 viral infection.
For more information visit www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/h1n1flu.