WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Pharmaceutical products advertised as coronavirus treatments flood the market since the onset of the pandemic.
- The US FDA sends out 54 coronavirus-related warning letters to take action on false claims about the coronavirus.
- The agency issued warning letters to Benjamin McEvoy and Mark White Eagle, ordering the removal of false claims about the coronavirus on their websites.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acts on pharmaceutical monitoring guidelines and protocols as products advertised as coronavirus treatments flood the market. The regulatory agency ordered two websites involved in the sale of these products to remove unverified claims.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) repeats that there are no drugs or other therapeutics approved for coronavirus treatment to this date.
The US FDA ordered Benjamin McEvoy to terminate operations related to pharmaceutical products marketed as coronavirus treatments. The federal agency said that McEvoy participates in Amazon’s associates program where participants earn commissions after embedding links to products online.
McEvoy advertised zinc supplements on his website, claiming that purchase would be “extremely wise, especially in these coronavirus times”. He also recommended adding “vitamin C supplement to your arsenal”. These supplements are intended for an immune boost.
The website is no longer accessible.
The second order was addressed to Mark White Eagle of Fort Davis, Texas. The FDA ordered the removal of claims online promoting the use of herbal remedies against the virus. The specifics include Yahweh, a drug said to be effective for almost every disease, including coronavirus. Kolon Kleen was also recommended “for the Corona Virus and any other reparatory viruses or flu,” without a scientific basis.
On May 16, the website remains accessible. White Eagle published claims treating other conditions including blindness, a flesh-eating bacterial disease, seizures, cancer and the plague.
Both McEvoy and White Eagle did not respond to the requests for comment sent to them.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 and subsequent regulations control the introduction of unapproved drugs onto the marketplace. This regulation includes marketed products said to treat coronavirus and related complications.
The FDA takes action on false claims about the coronavirus. Since the onset of this global pandemic, the agency sent out 54 coronavirus-related warning letters to producers, marketers, and distributors related to homeopathic and industrial products advertised as treatments without a scientific basis, including elderberry tincture, bleach, colloidal silver, and essential oils.