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What is the FDA doing to protect people from products making fraudulent COVID-19 claims?

The FDA has established a cross-agency team dedicated to closely monitoring for fraudulent COVID-19 products. In response to internet scammers, the FDA has taken – and continues to take – actions to stop those selling unapproved products that fraudulently claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issue warning letters to companies and individuals that are unlawfully selling unapproved products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims.

The FDA also has taken enforcement action against certain sellers that continued to illegally market products for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

Additionally, the FDA also has reached out to major retailers to ask for their help in monitoring online marketplaces for fraudulent COVID-19 products. You can report websites selling fraudulent medical products to the FDA through our website, by phone at 1-800-332-1088, or
email the FDA at FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov

Read more in the consumer update on fraudulent products.

Last updated October 16, 2020
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administrationlinks to external site

See also: Treatments and immunity