Taking advantage of people’s desires for easy solutions to difficult health problems, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, memory loss, sexual performance, weight loss, influenza, other infectious diseases and Covid-19, is not new.
Scammers now promote their products with savvy marketing, including on social media sites and closed messaging apps.
You can increase your chances of identifying and avoiding health fraud scams by focusing on being smart, aware and careful when purchasing health care products.
Reporting problems can spur action. An FDA investigator may visit the person who made the complaint, collect product samples, and initiate inspections.
MedWatch receives reports from the public, and publishes safety alerts for FDA-regulated products such as:
▪ Prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
▪ Biologics, such as blood components, blood/plasma derivatives, and gene therapies.
▪ Medical devices, such as hearing aids, breast pumps, and pacemakers.
▪ Combination products, such as pre-filled drug syringes.
▪ Special nutritional products, such as medical foods, and infant formulas.
▪ Cosmetics, such as moisturizers, makeup, shampoos, hair dyes, and tattoos.
▪ Food, such as beverages, and ingredients added to foods.