The Federal Trade Commission is alerting consumers about "10 companies selling unapproved and misbranded drugs they claim will treat or cure diabetes."
Excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission article "FTC warns diabetes treatment sellers: cease and desist with questionable claims"
The FTC and the FDA have joined forces to call out 10 companies selling unapproved and misbranded drugs they claim will treat or cure diabetes. The companies sell dietary supplements, like capsules and shake drinks, online. One claims its product is a “clinically effective formula” that helps “get your diabetes under control.” Another says its vegetarian capsule “helps balance blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.” But, according to the FTC, those claims may not be backed up by reliable scientific evidence.
In fact, the FTC’s Cease and Desist Orders warn the companies that their claims might not have the scientific back-up the law requires. The agency directed them to review all claims for their products and ensure they are supported by the necessary evidence.
If you’re looking for treatment for a health condition:
- Talk to your health care provider before you use any healthcare product, even if it claims to be FDA cleared or approved. Your healthcare professional knows your health history and can guide you to safe alternatives.
- Be skeptical about miraculous claims, especially about new treatments. If a product guarantees miracle results, it may be a scam.
- Do some research online. Search for the name of the company, treatment, or procedure, plus the words “scam,” “complaint,” and “review.”
If you spot a scam, tell your state attorney general’s office and report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.