U.S. Issues High-Strength Hydrogen Peroxide Warning
July 28, 2006
On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration warned that drinking or injecting high-strength hydrogen peroxide products, which are sold online to treat serious illness including AIDS, can be very harmful.
The products are promoted as "35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide." Conventional over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide is just 3 percent strength. FDA said the 35 percent products are highly corrosive and could lead to stomach ulcers and irritations. Injecting the products could cause inflammation and bubbles in the blood vessels in addition to potentially fatal allergic reactions, according to FDA, which said it had not approved 35 percent hydrogen peroxide for any use.
"No one has presented any evidence that hydrogen peroxide taken internally has any medical value," Dr. Steven Galson, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. "In fact, consuming hydrogen peroxide in the manner touted by these Web sites could lead to tragic results."
FDA warning letters to two Texas-based firms -- DFWX and Frad 35 Inc. -- that it said were illegally selling the products to treat AIDS, cancer, emphysema and other diseases.
Donald Worden, owner of Frad 35 Inc., said his Web site provides links to information about potential medical uses for the product, but he does not promote it for that purpose. Worden said he will continue selling 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, which he called "technical grade." His Web site said the product could be used for treating waste water.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.