A new campaign by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers in America to be aware of fake diabetes cures and treatments that are being marketed via the Internet.
Operating under the slogan ‘Be smart, be skeptical!’, the FDA praised the internet as a free source of information, but also knocked its ‘dark side.’ Margaret Glavi, the FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, reportedly said: “Diabetes requires effective treatments and aggressive management, not bogus and unproven products.”
The news follows a regulatory clampdown by the bodies in which they sent out warning letters to a number of online companies throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico . Some of the claims even urged diabetics to ‘throw away your insulin,’ an incredibly nearsighted and dangerous claim .
The impact of the warning letters has been effective apparently, but for those who have not adjusted their claims, the federal agencies will now consider enforcement. This could include seizure of products and a clampdown on marketing . Experts in the USA pointed out to diabetic people that these materials are unregulated and could be dangerous.
The FDA have gone so far as to create a phony website showing ‘glucobate’ with the aim of educating the public to be more aware.

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