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Beware of Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments - Audio Podcast

PODCAST - IconAudio Podcast – Short Version (download mp3 / 51 seconds)

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. And so does the market for illegally sold products promising to prevent, treat, and even cure the disease.

This is Gary Coody speaking for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -F-D-A.

The FDA is acting to prevent the sale of these illegal products. But consumers should know that — while these illegal diabetes products make all kinds of promises like being natural or safe — some of these products may contain ingredients that can cause serious harm. Some products may be sold over the counter when they should be sold as prescription products.

FDA advises consumers to avoid these products, to beware of fraudulent online pharmacies, and to talk with a health professional before taking any substance that promises to prevent, treat, or cure any disease. 

For more information visit www.fda.gov/healthfraud 

Gary Coody is FDA's National Health Fraud Coordinator


PODCAST - IconAudio Podcast – Long Version (download mp3 / 1:11 seconds)

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. And so does the market for illegally sold products promising to prevent, treat, and even cure diabetes.

This is Gary Coody speaking for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -F-D-A.

The FDA is acting to prevent the sale of these illegal products. But consumers should know that — while these diabetes products make all kinds of promises like being natural, or safe — some of these products may contain ingredients that can cause serious harm. Some products may be sold over the counter when they should be sold as prescription drugs. 

In July 2013, the FDA warned 15 companies about selling products for diabetes in violation of federal law. These products are sold as dietary supplements; alternative medicines, prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. These products claimed — among other things — to lower blood sugar naturally and even to prevent complications like kidney disease.

FDA advises consumers to avoid these products, to beware of fraudulent online pharmacies, and to talk with a health professional before taking any substance that promises to prevent, treat, or cure any disease.

For more information visit www.fda.gov/healthfraud

Gary Coody is FDA's National Health Fraud Coordinator