FDA Warns Against Bogus Cancer Treatments Sold On Internet
ABC World News Tonight (4/25, story 12, 0:25, Muir) reported the FDA has issued warnings to 14 companies that sell “more than 65 allegedly illegal cancer cures” without FDA approval.
The AP (4/25) reports that the agency “says these products, mostly sold on websites and social media, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments.”
CNN (4/25, Tinker) reports, “Products included in” the “crackdown include pills, creams, ointments, oils, drops, syrups and teas.”
The Washington Post (4/25, McGinley) reports that Douglas Stearn, director of the FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, said, “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 lifesaving cancer diagnosis or treatment.”
Comment: People don’t like bad news, so if they have a cancer and the doctor tells them that their cancer is not curable, they often seek other solutions and go anywhere and almost to anyone that promises a cure. People can’t deal with the idea that they may have an incurable cancer, but going outside the normal proper medical channels may accelerate their death. This is really a “BUYER’s BEWARE” situation.