An Ontario-based holistic clinic is among seven North American companies warned by U.S. regulators to stop selling products with false claims that they can treat the new coronavirus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it issued the warnings letters, saying these “are the first to be issued by the FDA for unapproved products intended to prevent or treat” COVID-19.
Vivify Holistic Clinic, based in Sarnia, Ont., was the sole Canadian company among the seven recipients.
“The FDA has determined that your website offers products for sale in the United States and that these products are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or diagnose COVID-19 in people,” reads the letter dated March 6.
The letter outlines several claims the company made on its website and Facebook page about such products.
In one Facebook post, Vivify wrote the company was “working very hard” to create a website to sell someone’s allegedly successful coronavirus protocol.
It cites another Facebook post about a tea that the company said they “have used this with other corona virus infections, including SARS, it works well.”
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