Posted October 12, 2020

Griffo Botanicals Warned for COVID-19 Claims

On October 7, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Griffo Botanicals for selling various herbal products, including BaseCamp, Gan Mao, Febris, Fortifend, Xiao Chai Hu, HuBei #1, Qing Fei Pai Du, Solis, and WuHan #2, 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).

Herbal products were promoted with statements such as "Did you know that hospitals in HuBei and WuHan published Chinese herbal guidelines for treatment of COVID-19 in its various stages and presentations? Griffo Botanicals has produced 4 new COVID formulas based on these guidelines" and "Did you know that a variation of Xiao chai hu Tang is part of the herbal protocol used by Wuhan hospital for early stage COVID-19 symptoms?"

The FDA instructed the company 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?

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Warning Letter: Griffo Botanicals

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