FDA: No More "Cancer Cures"

The Food and Drug Administration has warned 2 dozen companies to stop selling fraudulent products that claim to cure or prevent cancer. HealthDay News reports:
"Health fraud has been around for years, and it is a cruel form of greed," David Elder, director of FDA's Office of Enforcement in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, said during a morning teleconference Tuesday. "Fraud involving cancer treatments can be especially heartbreaking."

The warning letters, sent to 23 U.S. companies and one Canadian and one Australian company, cover 125 unapproved products with labeling claims to cure, treat or prevent cancer. "These claims are unproven, unreliable, and they are unkind to the patient who is seeking help," Elder said…

…Elder said: "As a result of these warning letters, FDA expects prompt and complete corrective action. Firms that don't heed the warnings we have delivered, and other firms marketing similar unapproved products, may face further regulatory action from the agency."

According to the FDA, the fraudulent claims found on the products include:
  • "Treats all forms of cancer."
  • "Causes cancer cells to commit suicide!"
  • "80% more effective than the world's number one cancer drug."
  • "Skin cancers disappear."
  • "Target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone."
  • "Shrinks malignant tumors."
  • "Avoid painful surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or other conventional treatments."
I like this move by the FDA. There is a lot of unsubstantiated hocus pocus out there. Check out Dr. Fuhrman debunking these ineffective anti-cancer remedies:
You know, one could make the argument, that the way modern medicine is setup, “is a cruel form of greed.”
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LolaBloom - June 18, 2008 6:00 PM

Well said with that last comment, I sometimes wonder the same thing! I'm not a fan of the FDA at all but I do think this was a good action by them.

ddk - June 30, 2008 2:44 AM

Why is it that the FDA may arbitrarily remove any product it wishes from the market place whenever it wants to? They don't even need to show just cause. I, FOR ONE, AM PASSIONATELY OPPOSED TO SUBMITTING TO CHEMO AND / OR RADIATION!!! So it is with many people. What about our rights? I AM APPALLED!!

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