FDA Warns Company for Marketing Products Claiming to Treat COVID-19

The agency sent a warning letter to Genesis II Church for marketing fraudulent chlorine dioxide products the company claims treats and prevents COVID-19.

FDA sent a joint warning letter with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), dated April 8, 2020, to Genesis II Church of Health and Healing for marketing what the agency calls “fraudulent and dangerous chlorine dioxide products known as ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ for prevention and treatment of ‘Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19).” The company has 48 hours to respond to FDA with steps for how the company plans to correct the violations listed in the warning letter.

“Despite previous warnings, the FDA is concerned that we are still seeing chlorine dioxide products being sold with misleading claims that they are safe and effective for the treatment of diseases, now including COVID-19. The sale of these products can jeopardize a person’s health and delay proper medical treatment,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., in a press release. “We continue to take action and keep up our efforts to monitor for fraudulent treatments during this public health emergency and remind the public to seek medical help from their health care providers,” Hahn said in the press release.

In the warning letter, the agency states that it has placed the company on a list of firms and websites on FDA.gov that have received warning letters for selling and distributing COVID-19-related products in violation of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetics Act.

Source: FDA