Sunday, October 22, 2006

FTC Addresses Fake Diabetes Cures

We all get spam hawking miracle weight loss products and the "like," but here is something a little more serious.

Now fraudulent websites are offering bogus products claiming to cure diabetes.

From the FTC press release:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), working with government agencies in Mexico and Canada, have launched a drive to stop deceptive Internet advertisements and sales of products misrepresented as cures or treatments for diabetes. The ongoing joint campaign has so far included approximately 180 warning letters and other advisories sent to online outlets in the three countries.

“We will continue working with our partners in the U.S. and internationally to make sure scammers have no place to hide,” said Lydia Parnes, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The Internet can be a great source of information, but it also is a billboard for ads that promise miracle cures for diabetes and other serious diseases. Our advice to consumers: ‘Be smart, be skeptical’ when evaluating health claims online."

FTC press release, here.

Diabetes is a serious ailment that can lead to life threatening complications if not treated properly.

Wikipedia has information on the disease, here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope the prosecute these idiots!

My brother was 'cured' of Diabetes 5 years ago. He has received a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant.
He no longer has to take insulin shots! He was a Type ll diabetic. He will have to take anti-rejection drugs the rest of his life, but it is better than kidney dialysis and insulin shots!
He was diagnosed 25 years ago. Only 4 years ago his kidney started failing and was on dialysis for 1 year.
As a diabetic, he would not have lasted long on dialysis.

Diabetes runs in my family, from my grandmother, to my oldest brother to one of my nephews. And another one of my brothers was just diagnosed with Type l.

I thank God I do not have it and continue to pray for a real cure.
Thanks for the heads up.