Companies Selling Drugs Illegally

by pharmacy on June 28, 2017

illegal medicationsIn April, the FDA announced it had sent warning letters and online advisories to 14 different companies for selling illegal medications. All the companies are US based and were targeting cancer patients. They claimed their medications could prevent, diagnose, treat, and/or cure various forms of cancer without proof and FDA approval. The companies also used social media platforms and their own websites to sell these drugs.

The Danger to Patients

The biggest concern here is that there are patients buying these products in hopes that they will be cured. If they purchased the medications and it didn’t work, they will now plunge further into despair than they may have experienced previously. We also don’t know if those medications will work against anything that has already been prescribed to the patient. Furthermore, this could keep a patient from seeking medical advice and worsen the situation even further. Since some of the medications stated it could prevent, some folks may have taken it and avoided medical help altogether.

The Companies in Question

The following companies received warning letters:

  • AIE Pharmaceuticals: Cevrogin, Cholestrien, ImmunPro, and Livral Complex
  • Amazing Sour Sop, Inc: Sour Sop capsules, Sour Sop leaves, and Sour Sop tea bags
  • BioStar Technology International: Angiostop, Ashwagandha, Asparagus Extract, OliveLeafQi, and Revivin
  • Caudill Seed & Warehouse: Vitalica
  • DoctorVicks.com: 3 types of Freeda Vitamins and 3 Maxi Health products
  • Everything Herbs: Cleavers, Inkberry, Korean Ginseng, Lapacho, Red Clover, and Whole Apricot
  • Hawk Dok Natural Salve: Skin Cancer Treatment; and Smokeless Tobacco Cancer Treatment for Gums, and Lip Sores
  • Healing Within Products & Services: Astragalus Glycerite, Black Salve, Healthy Prostate & Ovary, Original Herbal Tea Remedy, ProBoost Thymic Protein A, and Siberian Chaga Mushroom Extract
  • LifeVantage Corporation: Protandim NRF2 Synergizer
  • Nature’s Treasure: Colostrum LD Capsules, Dysbiocide, KR22 Oxicell, and Matcha Tea
  • Oxygen Health Systems: Graviola, Graviola Max, Liposomal Complete Complex Plus, Liposomal Curcumin, Liposomal Vitamin B17 Amygdalin, Liposomal Vitamin C, Palladium Lipoic Complex, Premium Flax, Rerum Blue, and Super Liposomal Plus
  • Sunstone: Chelated Boron, Circulatory Detox & Support Syrup, Essiac Tea, Fermented Yeast Culture, Premium Organic, Virxcan-X Salve, and Virxcan-X tablets
  • The Vibrant Health Store, LLC dba Dr Christopher’s Herbs: Black Drawing Ointment, Burdock Root, Kid-e-Trac, Liver D-Tox Formula, Rash Ointment, Red Clover Blossoms, Relax-Eze, and St John’s Wort
  • The Vitamin C Foundation: Cardio-C, Chewables Vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbate, True Liposomal Vitamin C, and World’s Finest Vitamin C Powder

The following four companies received online advisory letters:

  • CellMark Biopharma: CellAssure
  • Landis Revin: Trevinol ES Fibrin Defense Systemic Enzyme, Trevinol ES Health Joint & Inflammation Support, and Trevinol Professional Blend
  • Nathans Natural: Levodyn
  • Healinginabottle.com: Immuno Boost Eximius

Please alert your pharmacists and staff and check in with your known cancer patients. As of the time of this writing, the FDA has requested responses. If they do not receive responses, legal action will be taken.

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