Posted April 14, 2020

FTC Warns Companies Selling Immune "Boosters," Vitamin C and More for Coronavirus Claims

On April 14, 2020, the FTC announced that it has sent warning letters to ten companies for selling products such as immune boosters, silicone facial brushes, air purifiers, and intravenous vitamin C with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Both the FTC and FDA emphasized that there are currently no approved treatments for the virus and have previously stated: "There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."  

Companies that received a warning letter include the following (use the links below to read the full warning letter):
Products were promoted with statements such as ""Face Vital Sonic Silicone Facial Brush, Fight off Coronavirus," "The corona virus can in various ways be air-borne... IonFlow air purifiers are scientifically proven to efficiently prevent spread of air-borne viruses," "The coronavirus can be dramatically slowed or stopped completely with the immediate widespread use of high doses of Vitamin C," and "Research is showing that high doses of Vitamin C both help prevent COVID-19 and effectively reduce the symptoms."

The agencies instructed the companies to send an email to rcleland@ftc.gov within 48 hours of receipt of the warning, describing the specific steps they have taken to correct these violations.

See the special COVID-19 section of ConsumerLab's Vitamin C Supplements Review for information about vitamin C and the coronavirus.

Also see ConsumerLab's answer to the question: What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

To read the FTC press release, use the link below.