Colloidal silver, herbal supplements and essential oils are among a number of products currently being fraudulently promoted as cures for COVID-19, as the US Food and Drug Administration targets seven companies peddling unproven treatments.
“The FDA considers the sale and promotion of fraudulent COVID-19 products to be a threat to the public health,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn in a recent statement. “We have an aggressive surveillance program that routinely monitors online sources for health fraud products, especially during a significant public health issue such as this one.”
The FDA, in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued seven warning letters to companies it says are advertising products with unproven claims of prevention, treatment or cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Three of the seven letters targeted companies selling colloidal silver solutions, formulations of silver particles popularly sold as all-purpose health tonics around one hundred years ago. In 1999, the FDA banned colloidal silver supplement sellers from making any therapeutic claims as scientists comprehensively established the product to have no medical value, and a number of dangerous side effects.