FDA Explains How to Spot Fraudulent Drugs

Posted on March 4, 2013

If a drug claim sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is too good to be true.  The rise of the internet, email, and social media has ushered in rampant marketing of fraudulent medications that have not received the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, and many consumers get taken in by these ads.

Don’t become victimized by one of these products.  Consult the tips provided in a new FDA report geared toward helping people avoid shady healthcare items.

First, all claims about treatment should be backed up by scientific evidence.  In lieu of this information, fraudulent drug marketing materials might instead offer testimonials from “customers.”  Marketing will also attempt to emphasize a quick solution to conditions that otherwise require intensive treatment over the course of years.  If such a solution is offered along with claims that the item is all natural, or a miracle drug, then you should be especially cautious.

In an attempt to explain why there isn’t scientific proof of the claims made by a fraudulent product, marketing might suggest some type of conspiracy is to blame.  Don’t buy into this faulty logic.  If a product hasn’t been approved by the FDA, it’s far more likely that it’s fraudulent than that the government and the pharmaceutical industry are working together to halt the item’s release.

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