HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Bogus health products with false claims always pop up when there is a high level of fear about the spread of a disease.
Now preying on fears of Ebola, offers are turning up for unapproved and fraudulent products that promise to prevent or treat the deadly illness.
Just last month, the Federal Drug Administration issued an alert saying consumers have reported, and the agency was aware, of numerous products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.
Despite these claims, the agency says there are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola.
As for the experimental vaccines that have been in the news, those are still in the investigation stages and in the early stages of product development. Consumers cannot expect to see them on the market for some time to come.
Also be warned that any claims that a dietary supplement can prevent Ebola are also bogus.
Here 's how to spot fraudulent health products:
- One product does it all : Be cautious of products that claim to cure a wide range of diseases.
- Personal testimonials: Success stories are easy to make up and are not a substitute for specific evidence.
- All natural : many all natural products contain hidden, untested or dangerous ingredients.
- Claims that the product will offer a miracle cure. If a real cure for a serious disease were detected , it would be widely reported and prescribed by health professionals not buried in a printed add, infomercial or on internet sites.