FDA Moves Against Alternative Diabetes Treatments
BY THOMAS M. BURTON
WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration is acting to stop U.S. sales of nearly two dozen products marketed as diabetes treatments that the agency said are illegal and can be ineffective, counterfeit or in some cases dangerous.
The federal agency sent warning letters to the companies involved and said it could follow up by seizing the products, enjoining their sale and even criminally prosecuting firms whose officials fail to take corrective action.
The products include dietary supplements, self-styled “natural treatments,” and ayurvedic medicines, part of an alternative health system that evolved in India and includes herbs and special diets. The drugs …
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