PKSD Newsletter: Be on the Lookout for Bogus Promises of COVID-19 Cures

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on November 10, 2020 in Firm News
Updated on February 24, 2022

female wearing facemask and crossing her fingersEveryone is growing weary with COVID-19, especially amid the increase in new breakouts of the virus around the country. The ongoing pandemic has also led many to fall victim to fake claims and false hopes about supplements and other products promising to protect you from the virus or cure it.

Many of these products are not only costly, but they may also be dangerous for your health. In this month’s PKSD newsletter, you can read about how these claims are being promoted and what you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Types of Products Touted As Cure-Alls

From “antimicrobial” products claiming to directly “kill the live virus” to herbal tinctures and other supplements that promise to boost your immunity against viruses, the market of baseless promises and unlawful sales is endless.

Greedy opportunists are preying on peoples’ natural fears – and making money from it – to the tune of what is currently a $40-billion-dollar industry. Worse still, many of these products have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or tested to confirm the validity of their claims. Many contain ingredients that may be harmful to your health – or fatal – such as the methanol-based hand sanitizers discovered by the FDA.

Other products may be intentionally mislabeled to disguise prescription drugs, some of which could negatively interact with existing medications you may be taking, or contain contaminants, heavy metals or other microbes.

You can read more about several of these fraudulent products violating federal laws that have been discovered by the FDA.

Where These Products Are Being Promoted

It may surprise you to learn that some doctors – as many as 45 percent – have suggested that their patients take a supplement. While it is unlikely a doctor will encourage you to take something harmful, these supplements may just be an expensive method of pacifying your fears, without providing any real benefit.

Other ways these products are being promoted are through websites and online advertising, even some stores may be carrying products not approved by the FDA.

Tips for Avoiding Harmful COVID-19 “Cures”

While the FDA is doing its best to discover, shut down and report these products to consumers, there are some basic tips for helping you protect yourself against these potentially dangerous products.

Among other tips for protecting yourself from falsely advertised COVID-19 products included in this month’s newsletter:

  • Always talk to your doctor about a product you are considering
  • Avoid any products that contain chloroquine – these are not intended for human consumption
  • Anything that seems too good to be true almost always is
  • Be on the alert for any products that claim to treat a wide range of ailments or diseases
  • There are currently no cures for the coronavirus, so any claims to that effect are false and could harm you

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If you or a loved one have been harmed because of a defective or dangerous product, we are prepared to help. Contact our firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your potential legal options and get answer to your questions.

Our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping the injured in Wisconsin, and we have a proven track record of recovering millions in compensation for our clients. Our representatives are standing by to take your call anytime, day or night. While there is no obligation to hire our services, if we represent you, you will have no upfront costs or attorney fees to pay. We only get paid when you do.

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