FTC and FDA sends warning to sellers of unapproved Coronavirus products

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NUTLEY, NJ – FEBRUARY 28: A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on February 28, 2020 in Nutley, New Jersey. The facility develops novel therapies for some of the worlds most difficult diseases. At least 53 countries have reported cases of infection. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Last month, officials cautioned consumers to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.

The FTC and FDA have issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus.

The companies’ products include teas, essential oils and colloidal silver.

The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims – as required by law.

The FDA says there are no approved vaccines or drugs currently available to treat or prevent the virus.

The seven companies are:

  • Vital Silver
  • Aromatherapy Ltd.
  • N-ergetics
  • GuruNanda, LLC
  • Vivify Holistic Clinic
  • Herbal Amy LLC
  • The Jim Bakker Show

The FTC and FDA will follow up with companies that fail to make corrections.

Officials will also continue to monitor social media and other websites to help ensure that the companies do not continue to market fake products under a different name or on another website.

If you’re tempted to buy an unproven product or one with questionable claims, check with your doctor first.

If you have a concern or are interested in becoming an Action Line volunteer, give us a call Monday through Friday at 591-0222. You can also send an email to actionline@khon2.com.

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