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05/03/2011

STDon'ts: FDA says sexual disease cures bogus

Viruxo.com laments bogus websites out on the Internet offering snake oils and such as a “cure for herpes.”

OK, maybe snake oil isn’t the best phrase for this item. 

Anyway, the Viruxo site says “Many herpes treatment sites mislead with their miracle ‘herpes cure.’”

Viruxo.com, on the other hand, humbly notes that its own product is a “New Herpes Treatment! Cure For Herpes Outbreaks.”

Such claims prompted the following declaration: “A pox on Viruxo!” (or words to that effect) on May 3 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. The FDA and the FTC are cracking down on unproven claims of treating sexually transmitted diseases. Products targeted include Medavir, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure, and Never An Outbreak.

The agencies say the products violate federal law and make actually make people sicker than they already are. “These products are dangerous because they are targeted to patients with serious conditions, where treatment options proven to be safe and effective are available,” said Deborah M. Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Consumers who buy these products may not seek the medical attention they need and could spread infections to sexual partners.” The companies that received the warning letters claim that their products treat a range of STDs, including herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, HIV, and AIDS.

-- Darren Barbee

 

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