Silver Spring, MD—The FDA and FTC issued warning letters to two companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. The companies were Honey Colony LLC and Dr. Dhole’s Sushanti Homeopathic Clinic.
Honey Colony offered products including Quicksilver Liposomal Vitamin C, Jigsaw Magnesium with SRT, and Silver Excelsior Serum for sale in the U.S. with misleading claims that the products are safe and/or effective for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, according to the FDA’s May 5 COVID-19 roundup. Claims picked out by FDA include:
“The Best Coronavirus Treatment is Prevention . . .
There may be natural ways to take control and prevent viral infections from taking hold, coronavirus included. . . .
If you want a direct antiviral effect . . . chelated silver . . . can target a wide range of viruses through several mechanisms. It is best to combine this with immune-boosting foods or supplements…. The aim of these supplements is to boost the immune system and provide some direct antiviral support:
- Vitamin C 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses. Clinical trials of vitamin C for coronavirus patients are already underway in China. Previous research on 252 students found that 85 percent experienced relief from respiratory infections if they took high-dose vitamin C. . . .
- Magnesium: 400 mg daily . . .
The above antiviral protocol can go a long way in protecting yourself against both this epidemic disease and other common infections like influenza. . . .
We may not know the full story about how the coronavirus came to be, but we are not helpless.” [from your March 13, 2020 article titled, “The Best Coronavirus Treatment is Prevention,” on your website, https://www.honeycolony.com/article/best-coronavirus-treatment-prevention/]
FDA also cited several retweets, including one wherein Honey Colony retweeted a Functional Medicine Consultant who recommended an Immunity Boost Bundle sold by Honey Colony.
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Dr. Dhole’s offered products including Homeopathic Genus Epidemicus, which made claims regarding use against Coronavirus. Again, FDA listed tweets as claims, as well as claims made on the company’s site:
“Role of Homeopathy in current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic: . . . Epidemics and pandemics can be kept under control by boosting people’s immune system using well selected ‘Homeopathic Genus Epidemicus.’ The homeopathy medicine which is selected as Genus Epidemicus is given to healthy people in that particular region to prevent the illness. In the past homeopathy has helped in pandemics many times in different parts of the world.” [from your website at www.homeopathyhelps.com]
“[W]hile talking about his experience and views on necessity of preventive Homeopathy Genus Epidemicus in current #COVID19 pandemic, makes a passionate argument in favour of #Homeopathy. #HomeopathyForCOVID19” [from a March 28, 2020 post on your Twitter page at www.twitter.com/DrNitinDhole]
Recipients of these warning letters are required to email a COVID-19 task force describing specific steps taken to correct the violations. Those who fail to correct the violations are subject to legal action, which can include seizure and injunction.
FDA notes again in their roundup that there are no approved products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, or cure of COVID-19.