told to end ‘miracle’ drug sales
The Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies to stop marketing
“miracle cures’’ that they claim treat everything from
autism to Parkinson’s disease by flushing toxic metals from the body.
the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney failure,
and death. Known as chelation therapies, the products have been used for
decades, although medical societies and government specialists say there
is no evidence they cure diseases.
The only FDA-approved
chelation therapies are used to treat lead and mercury poisoning.
are dangerously misleading,’’ said Deborah Autor, the FDA’s
director of compliance.
The FDA said it
has seen an uptick in the number of chelation products sold online.
cited by the agency include World Health Products of Draper, Utah, Cardio
Renew of Apple Valley, Minn., and Hormonal Health of San Bernardino, Calif.
The warning letters
call on each company to immediately stop marketing and selling the products
or face legal action.
said at least one death, involving a child with autism, has been reported
in connection with the products.
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