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The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly launched the “Fraudulent STD Products Initiative.” This campaign targets over-the-counter (OTC) products sold online or in retail stores that claim to prevent, cure, or treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly launched the “Fraudulent STD Products Initiative.” This campaign targets over-the-counter (OTC) products sold online or in retail stores that claim to prevent, cure, or treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). At this time, there are no proven OTC or online products that treat or prevent STDs, nor has the FDA evaluated these products for safety and effectiveness (Table).1,2 The FDA and FTC believe these products may pose significant public health risk in that persons could be inaccurately treated, leading to delays in getting medical treatment and increasing the possibility of spreading disease to a sexual partner.1 The crux of the initiative is that only health care professionals can accurately diagnose and appropriately treat STDs.
Table. OTC Products Falsely Claiming to Treat or Prevent STDs
Immuneglory (Arenvy Laboratories, Inc)
Disintegrate Formula, Echinacea/Golden Seal, Detox Formula, Burdock Extract
Int’l Inst of Holistic Health (doctorAJAdams)
Oil of Oregano P73 Physician’s Strength, Essaic Tonic Liquid Drops, Colloidal Silver 500ppm (Liquid)
H-Stop DX, H-Guard DX, Molluscum DX, Wart Dx
Herpaflor Outbreak Response Topical Liquid, Herpafl?r Outbreak Response Tablets, Herpaflor Outbreak Response Combo Pack, Herpaflor Daily Formula Tablets, Herpaflor Complete Package
Medavir, ViraBalm, Vyristic Immune Support, Medavir H-Elimination Kit
Never An Outbreak
O2xygen Force (Oxygen Force/OxyForce), DMSO Cream, DMSO Roll-on, DMSO Cream with Aloe, AlkaLife
DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide.
From FDA Web site. 2011.2
1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Fraudulent products: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Accessed May 15, 2011.
2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. OTC products falsely claiming to treat or prevent STDs. Accessed May 14, 2011.