FDA issues warning to CVS, Walgreen, J&J over false claims on mouthwash


You might be using mouthwash daily in the morning to freshen your breath. Mouthwash prevents cavity and eliminates bad breath by killing bacteria responsible for producing the foul odor as well as masking the odor. But there are some more claims  being used by some big companies to just increase the dollar value of their product without realizing that it can mislead consumers who trust the companies and brands.  Recently, Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to three major companies named Johnson & Johnson, CVS and Walgreen to stop making “unproven” claims that mouthwash removes plaque or prevents gum disease. 

The warning letter specifically targets Johnson & Johnson’s “Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash”, CVS’s “CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash“ and Walgreen’s “Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action. Each product’s label claims that mouthwash fights plaque or promotes healthy gums.

The active ingredient of all three mouthwashes is sodium fluoride, which is approved by the FDA to prevent dental cavities; however, companies are promoting the product for removing plaques and preventing gum diseases without...

any substantiation. FDA said that companies should submit a new drug application for use such claims on the product label.

Deborah Autor from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in the statement “”It is important for the FDA to take appropriate enforcement action when companies make false or unproved product claims to ensure that consumers are not misinformed or misled.”

The FDA has given all three companies 15 days to respond with corrective actions or companies will face product seizure or other civil or criminal penalties.

Source: LA Times

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