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Posted October 21, 2020
FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Dangerous Black Salve Products
On October 13, 2020, the FDA warned consumers not to use any products containing black salve, which is often sold as salves or creams with claims to treat or cure cancer, boils, moles, and skin tags. These claims are untrue, and black salve can cause permanent skin disfigurement and tissue death, which can cause infections. Black salve products may contain any of the following potentially dangerous ingredients: sanguinarine, Sanguinaria canadensis, or bloodroot, alone or in combination with zinc chloride. They may also be sold under different names, including Skinprov, drawing salve, red salve, Cansema, bloodroot, Indian Herb, Hawk Dok Natural Salve, and Black Drawing Ointment. The FDA is cautioning consumers to beware of any salve product that claims to treat or cure cancer, remove moles or warts, or treat other skin conditions, or any salve with instructions to "expect burning, pain, or scar formation at the application site."
The FDA has received 24 reports of adverse events from black salve use. Consumers who have purchased a black salve product should not use it and contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse side effects. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Program.
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