Federal health officials warned the public this week that many scammers are taking advantage of flu season by selling fraudulent flu products that have not been tested nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Found online and in retail stores, these products may be marketed as dietary supplements, or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays and devices, a news release from the FDA states.
“These unproven products give consumers a false sense of security,” said Mary Malarkey, director of FDA’s Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality. “There is no need to buy a product that claims to be an alternative to the vaccine. Flu vaccine is still available and it’s not too late to get vaccinated.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two FDA-approved antiviral drugs for people who become infected with flu. Those drugs are Tamiflu and Relenza. These prescription drugs may shorten the amount of time someone is sick with the flu.
CDC authorities say the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. To find a list of vaccine providers, visit www.flu.gov.
Source: FDA news release
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