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FDA Cracks Down on Dietary Supplements Marketeers for Alzheimer’s

There is currently no cure or treatment to stop or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Federal officials are cracking down on supplement makers that claim that their products can treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia case. But Alzheimer’s is not a normal, part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a diseased of old age. Approximately 200,000. American under age of 65 have young-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s.)”

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday sent 12 warning letters and five online advisory letters. to companies whose products are being “illegally marketed as unapproved new drugs” to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer.

“Such claims can harm patients by discouraging them from seeking FDA-approved medical products that have been demonstrated to be safe and effective for these medical conditions,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement.

“As the popularity of supplements has grown, so have the number of entities marketing potentially dangerous products or making unproven or misleading claims about the health benefits they may deliver.”

Have you seen online ads for dietary supplements claiming to cure you Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss? It’s a health fraud scam. There is currently no cure or treatment to stop or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s.

The warning letters, some written in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission, were sent to companies including Earth Turns, TEK Naturals, John Gray’s Mars Venus, Blue Ridge Silver and Gold Crown Natural Products. The full list is available on the FDA’s website.

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Products that were illegally marketed included green tea extract, fish oil supplements, bovine colostrum and melatonin.

Source: A. Pawlowski

 

 

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