The FDA has issued warning letters to four companies who illegally sold products online under unsubstantiated claims that they prevent and treat cancer.
The Federal Drug Administration, the agency operating under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that concerns with promoting and protecting public health, issued warning letters to Greenroads Health, Natural Alchemist, That’s Natural! Marketing and Consulting, and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC for misleading marketing of more than 25 products sold through multiple online stores and websites.
These companies made claims that their products have the ability to limit, treat, and cure an array of serious illnesses including cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease without research evidence. The products allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD) the non-psychoactive element of marijuana that they sell in various forms including oil drops, syrups, and capsules among others.
Due to marijuana’s illegal status on the federal level, there has been limited research on its components and their potentials. Because of this lack of scientific backing, the FDA does not approve the drug or any of its derivatives and components to be sold in any form.
The agency stated that not only are these companies violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act but are also preventing patients from receiving appropriate therapies and treatments.
“There are a growing number of effective therapies for many cancers. When people are allowed to illegally market agents that deliver no established benefit they may steer patients away from products that have proven, anti-tumor effects that could extend lives,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says.
The FDA has requested responses from the said companies about how the the violations can be corrected. Failure to correct the violations can result in lawsuits, product seizure, and injunction.