FDA Issues Warning Letters to Companies Claiming Their CBD Products Can Treat COVID-19

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Companies Claiming Their CBD Products Can Treat COVID-19
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<![CDATA[Several companies have been claiming that their CBD products can cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they are wrong.Seven companies—Cureganics, Heaven’s Organics LLC, Functional Remedies LLC, Greenway Herbal Products LLC, CBD Social, UPSY LLC and Nature’s Highway—received warning letters from the FDA in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on March 28, according to a Miami Herald report.The FDA and FTC are issuing warning letters to businesses that they say are “selling fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose, or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” according to the FDA’s website.For example, in its letter to CBD Social, the FDA claims it “has observed that your website offers cannabidiol (CBD) products for sale in the United States and that these products are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people. Based on our review, these products are unapproved new drugs sold in violation of section 505(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), 21 U.S.C. § 355(a). Furthermore, these products are misbranded drugs under section 502 of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 352. The introduction or delivery for introduction of these products into interstate commerce is prohibited under sections 301(a) and (d) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 331(a) and (d).”The warning letter says that CBD Social cited studies on its website to “misleadingly represent” its products “as safe and/or effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19,” including a 2021 National Institute of Health (NIH) study, a 2022 University of Chicago study, and a 2022 study from the American Chemical Society and American Society of Pharmacognosy.RELATED: Preliminary Studies Show Cannabinoids Could Ward Off COVID-19. Will They Live Up to Their Potential?“We request that you take immediate action to cease the sale…

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