FDA Takes Action Against Alternative Diabetes Treatments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun cracking down on alternative diabetes treatments. In a press release issued Tuesday (July 23, 2013), the FDA stated it is “taking action to remove from the market [these] illegal products.”
These products are often labeled as “natural” remedies which “prevent and treat diabetes” and “can replace medicine in the treatment of diabetes.” The FDA fears this may result in immediate adverse effects and longterm medical problems in those who neglect proper medical attention in favor of these alternative methods.
FDA Advises Against Alternative Diabetes Treatment
“Consumers who buy violative products that claim to be treatments are not only putting themselves at risk but also may not be seeking necessary medical attention, which could affect their diabetes management.” – Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D, FDA Commissioner
- According to the press release, these illegal products “may contain harmful ingredients or may be otherwise unsafe.”
- The products, which are sold as natural or alternative treatments, contain unknown quantities of undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients.
- The ingredients may cause immediate harm or further complicate existing medical conditions.
- These illegally sold products include: dietary supplements, ayurvedic products, unapproved over the counter drugs, and prescription drugs sold online without a prescription.
News Release Follows FDA Warning Letters
- The press release comes after the FDA issued warning letters informing fifteen companies that their diabetes products violate the law.
- Two of these letters went to the Dallas offices of Magni Co. and Anastasia Marie Laboratories, Inc.
- The warning letters state product seizures will follow in the event that the companies do not withdraw the products from market.
Diabetes in the U.S. and Texas
- Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes (8.3 percent of the population).
- Diabetes currently affects 1.7 million Texans (9.3 percent of the Texas population).
- According to the Texas Diabetes Institute, diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Texas and the 4th leading cause of death in Bexar County.
- Approximately 14 percent of the San Antonio population suffers from diabetes, this is nearly double the national average according to the American Diabetes Association.
- Diabetes can lead to greater risks of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, lower-extremity amputation, and death if not properly managed.
The FDA clearly warns that consumers should not use these products or similar alternative treatments due to immediate danger or dangers that could arise from consumers neglecting proper diabetes management.
They contend that due to the serious nature of diabetes and the severity of the health complications associated with it, consumers should pursue approved, legal medical options.
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