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Posted April 25, 2017

Beware of Products Which Promise to Treat or Cure Cancer, FDA Warns

On April 25, 2017, the FDA warned consumers to be aware of supplements and other products claiming to cure cancer. It listed several common red flags for products, including claims that the product can:
  • Treats all forms of cancer
  • Miraculously kills cancer cells and tumors
  • Shrinks malignant tumors
  • Selectively kills cancer cells
  • More effective than chemotherapy
  • Attacks cancer cells, leaving healthy cells intact
  • Cures cancer
On the same day, the FDA issued warning letter to 14 companies which illegally sell products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.

Sixy-five products are included in the warning letters to the companies, ranging from omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin D, to herbs such as garlic and ashwagandha. The following companies were issued a warning letter:

  • AIE Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Amazing Sour Sop, Inc.
  • BioStar Technology International, LLC
  • Caudill Seed & Warehouse Inc.
  • Everything Herbs8
  • Hawk Dok Natural Salve, LLC
  • Healing Within Products & Services, Inc.
  • LifeVantage Corporation
  • Nature's Treasures, Inc.
  • Oxygen Health Systems, LLC
  • Sunstone, Inc.
  • The Vibrant Health Store, LLC
  • The Vitamin C Foundation
"Consumers should not use these or similar unproven products because they may be unsafe and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate and potentially life-saving cancer diagnosis or treatment," Douglas W. Stearn, director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs stated in the FDA's press release.

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