FDA warns against buying fake H1N1 products online

swine-fluIn a few months swine flu has spread across the length and breadth of the world and became a major global threat. Various measures have been taken by the governments in order to prevent or treat the swine flu.  Pharma companies developed and launched swine flu vaccines and are working hard to supply required quantities of the vaccine; healthcare professionals devoting more time to provide swine flu education and flu shots to patients.

misleading-swinflu-productsHealth websites and web blogs are over flowing with swine flu information to educate people – FAQs, Do’s & Don’ts about swine flu in the offices, stores, pharmacies and other places.  Besides this, various products are available online or in stores claiming their role in the prevention or treating the swine flu. Some products are effective in the prevention like masks, vaccines and hand sanitizers. On the other hand there are number of unapproved products available in the market, claiming beneficial role in swine flu infection and thereby misleading innocent consumers.

Lately, FDA took a deep dive in reviewing the companies and their products that are claiming role in the treatment of swine flu. FDA listed these products as fraudulent and
alerts consumers about Web sites that are or were illegally marketing unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products in relation to the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus. Though FDA does not include every Web site that is marketing products without FDA approval, only those Web sites to which FDA has issued a warning letter. The list of products is as follows:

swineflu-kitAntiseptic Products:  Silver Soft
Body Wash Products:  Q-Based Solutions, Inc.
Device Products:  Swine Flu Advisor
Gel Products: Q-Based Solutions, Inc.
Gloves Products:  Emergency Distaster Systems
Hand Sanitizer Products:

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SkinWear,  Soapopular, Viraban
Herbal Extract Products:  Amrita, TCM Help Me
Immunization Products:  Swine Flu,
Inhaler Products:  Flu Away,   No Colds, No Flus
Kit Products:  911Water,   Boss Safety,  Duram,   Emergency Distaster Systems,   Express Medical Supplies,  FlexAir PAPR,  Life Secure,  Q-Based Solutions, Inc.,  Quake Kare,  SilverCure
Mask Products:  Noveko,  Safe Life,   SpectraShield,  Triosyn

swine-fluThis is not a complete list of fraudulent swine flu products. For more information, please visit www.fda.gov. According to the FDA, consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product over the Internet purporting to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 or swine Flu virus. Take advice of your doctor if you suspect any symptoms of swine flu and  start any medication or use product.

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