Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Feds warn companies: stop marketing products as "health cures"

Pills_2Federal officials on Monday warned companies in Palm Beach and Pembroke Pines to stop falsely claiming their dietary supplements and skin creams can prevent cancer and other diseases without scientific proof.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to the companies and at least three dozen others across the country that exaggerated the benefits of products touted as alternatives to hormone therapy.

One Life USA, based on Palm Beach's Worth Avenue, boasted on its Web site that its Barbecs progesterone skin cream prevents breast cancer, treats depression, regulates blood sugar and improves blood clotting, the FDA said. The company, founded by cancer survivor Jana Brabec, sells a 2-ounce tube of the cream for $6.

HealthCore21 in Pembroke Pines marketed a pill containing soy "isoflavones" on its online site, saying it reduces the risk of cancer, the FDA said. The pills sold at $27 for 120.

Read the rest of this story in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Ed:  For more information on phony health-related scams--of which the majority of victims are seniors--visit the NIA's Health Quackery page.

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