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Posted February 14, 2017
Life Extension Warned for Drug Claims
On February 1, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club, Inc. following a review of the company's website and promotional materials which found statements made about its products, including astragalus, curcumin, CoQ10, melatonin, vitamin D and many others, to be drug claims.
For example, on a webpage titled, "HEALTH PROTOCOLS", under the disease, "Breast Cancer," the company suggested 31 Life Extension products, including astragalus, calcium, curcumin, CoQ10, magnesium, melatonin, vitamin C and vitamin D3 as treatments for breast cancer.
(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Calcium Supplements, Curcumin Supplements,CoQ10 Supplements, Magnesium Supplements, Melatonin Supplements, Vitamin C Supplements and Vitamin D Supplements for more information about these ingredients and tests of related products.)
According to the FDA's warning, the Life Extension website includes similar protocols for a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and certain forms of cancer. It noted over 400 products on the company's website contained disease claims.
The agency also cited company Facebook posts, such as one titled, "Can blindness be avoided? Check out this exciting study!" which links to an article as well as product pages for Life Extension products such as MacuGuard Ocular Support.
(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Vision Supplements for tests of related products.)
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