Posted May 9, 2020

FDA Warns Sellers of Essential Oils, CBD, Vitamins, and More Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

Between May 7 and May 8, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to seven companies for selling products such as essential oils, CBD, hand sanitizers, and vitamins with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

The agency emphasized that there are currently no approved treatments for the virus and has 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 "There are a number of natural substances and supplements that can be of help in lowering your risk of becoming infected with the current coronavirus," "Durisan... products... are water-based and alcohol free... We kill 99% of Human Coronavirus, Influenza A (H1N1 & H7N9), Rotavirus, SARS Associated Coronavirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), among others," and "Take Vitamin C for Coronavirus."

The agencies instructed the companies to send an email to COVID-19-Task-Force-CDER@fda.hhs.gov within 48 hours of receipt of the warning, describing the specific steps they have taken to correct these violations. 

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

Also see ConsumerLab's Review on CBD and Hemp Extract Supplements for tests of related products.

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