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New FDA Site Abouth Health Scams Launched

December 8, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs has set up a new website, www.fda.gov/healthfraud, to educate the public about health scams. The site includes information in Spanish and English, and it explains how to report a problem with an FDA-regulated product. In addition, FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have launched a joint effort to halt the marketing of unapproved products that claim to prevent, treat or cure HIV/AIDS, herpes, chlamydia, and genital warts. According to the website www.fda.gov/STDfraud, "Consumers and health professionals should be warned there are no over-the-counter or online drugs or dietary supplements available to treat or prevent STDs. Appropriate diagnosis and/or treatment of STDs can only occur under the supervision of a health care professional."

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Adapted from:
Providence Journal
12.01.2011; Pamela Reinsel Cotter


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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