FDA/FTC Crack Down on OTC STD Treatments

FDA/FTC Crack Down on OTC STD Treatments

The LA Times has it covered…

In a joint effort, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission said they had ordered 11 companies…to stop the sale of these bogus STD cures or face criminal action. Most of the STD drugs are being sold online, though some are also in retail outlets.

…The companies in the FDA’s crosshairs claim their products treat and prevent the spread of a range of STDs, including herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, HIV and AIDS.

To date, the only medications proven to effectively treat these diseases are available by a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. No medications or supplements available over the counter or online and sold directly to consumers have been proven to treat or prevent these infections, said the health officials in a joint press conference.

“These companies need to stop making these claims and stop selling these products or face regulatory action, including seizure and injunction and criminal prosecution,” said Howard Sklamberg, FDA director of enforcement.

The FDA has a list of targeted companies and products here.

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Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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