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US COVID-19 Fraud: TCM, Nasal Gel And Vitamin Pack Offered As Remedies

US COVID-19 Fraud: TCM, Nasal Gel And Vitamin Pack Offered As Remedies

Source : 'HBW Insight'

US regulatory agencies’ latest warnings on fraudulent COVID-19 claims went to a Hong Kong firm offering a traditional Chinese medicine, a Florida cosmetics shop with a nasal gel and a California doctor pitching a package of vitamins and herbal supplements.

Each of the products with the violative claims remained for sale online on 1 July by the three firms warned by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission during the final week of June.

On 26 June, the two agencies warned SuperHealthGuard and Loyal Great International Ltd. in Hong Kong after reviews of its website earlier in the month found claims for TCM Lianhua Qingwen including the blend in a capsule “has been proven effective for the treatment of COVID-19, China’s top respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan said in a webinar with overseas Chinese students. … It's the first time in the world that we have enough evidence to prove Lianhua Qingwen capsule is effective and can help patients recover, Zhong said.”

the center for wellness and Integrative medicine in soquel, ca, is offering this vitamin and herbal product pack for covid-19 prevention.

On the same day, the agencies warned Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, cosmetics shop Nuance Health LLC about unsubstantiated claims found for nasal gel Swype Shield on its websites in June and on its social media pages in March.

The warning references violative claims including, ““What Is Swype Shield? … an All Natural protectant nasal gel that has been proven to kill > 99.99% of all viral upper respiratory illnesses (VURI), including Coronavirus … Now with over 10 years of experience using and selling Swype Shield, and hundreds of happy customers, we take pride in knowing that regular use of Swype Shield will help protect your health.”

Physician Tom Yarema at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine in Soquel, CA, was warned by the FDA and the FTC on 30 June about claims for its “COVID Supplement Protection Pack” with vitamins C and D, an herbal tea and silver flower herbal supplement.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, cosmetics shop Nuance Health is offering nasal gel Swype Shield as a covid-19 remedy.

The letter states that noncompliant claims found on the center’s website earlier in June included: “I recommend each and every family purchase the ‘4 Horsemen’ to outrun the tide of COVID … Three (3) of these are for PREVENTION, and one (1) is for EARLY TREATMENT of symptoms. … COVID’s greatest hallmark, and it’s [sic] greatest danger is it’s [sic] RAPID PROGRESION in severe cases. … The 4th Horseman, SILVER FLOWER caps, are designed to ‘buy time’ during a RAPID ONSET of symptoms, especially if one feels ‘short of breath’ or ‘winded with minor exertion’.”

The three warnings push to 79 the number the FDA has submitted about fraudulent claims to prevent or treat COVID-19 since early March. The FTC, in joint letters with the FDA or warnings submitted on its own, has warned nearly 300 businesses and persons about making false and misleading claims for products from infrared lights to lotions to prevent or treat infections caused by the novel coronavirus. ("Twin Websites Selling Steroids OTC Also Offered HIV Influenza Drugs As COVID19 Treatments" "HBW Insight" )

Although TCMs from SuperHealthGuard and other firms aren’t allowed to marketed in the US with an indication of treating COVID-19, the herbal blends are being promoted in China by the country’s health care regulators as treatments during the coronavirus epidemic. ("As China Promotes TCMs Ban Against Criticizing The Remedies Proposed In Beijing Province" "HBW Insight" )

By Malcolm Spicer