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ZooScape.com 22-Apr-05

Department of Health and Human Services' logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

 

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
1401 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852-1448



April 22, 2005

CBER-05-012

WARNING LETTER

FEDEX

Ms. Simona Heather
ZooScape.com
51 Mountainash Road
P.O. Box 15010
Brampton, Ontario
Canada
L6R 2W6

Dear Ms. Heather:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your website at Internet address http://www.ZooScape.com and has determined that Vaccininum-Injeel is being promoted for conditions that cause the product to be a drug under section 201(g) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) [21 USC 321(g)] and a biologic, as defined in section 351(i) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) [42 USC 262]. Vaccininum-Injeel is considered a drug because the therapeutic claims shown on your website establish the product's intended use as a drug. We note that at least one component of the product is recognized in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS). Please be aware that a product's compliance with requirements of the HPUS does not establish that it has been shown by appropriate means to be safe, effective, and not misbranded for its intended use.

Background

Vaccininum-Injeel is a drug under section 201(g) of the FD&C Act. According to your website, the product contains vaccinotoxinum . This component is listed in the HPUS

Examples of the claims observed on your website include:

  • "Vaccininum-Injeel Vaccinotoxinum is a homeopathic solution taken orally which has efficacy in the fight against small-pox.",

  • "Vaccininum is also known by the following synonyms: Small Pox Vaccine; Vaccine, Small Pox,":

  • "Vaccininum-Injeel Vaccinotoxinum should be taken only if threat of infection is real, such as would be if smallpox epidemic occurs."; and

  • "In acute cases, 1 ampule 1-3 times daily, otherwise 1-3 times weekly."

Your website provides a mechanism for purchasing the product through the site. Specifically, the website checkout page offers shipping to addresses within the United States . The price listed on the website is $19.95 for Vaccininum-Injeel.

False or Misleading Information

The information on your website is false or misleading. For example, your website makes numerous effectiveness claims, but it lacks adequate descriptions of the risks, warnings, and contraindications of your product. Consequently, your product is misbranded under sections 502(a), 502(f)(1), and 201(n) of the FD&C Act, and are marketed in violation of sections 301(a) and 301(b) of such Act.

Failure to Require a Prescription

You have failed to require that your product be dispensed under a prescription from a duly licensed practitioner. Therefore, your product is misbranded under section 503(b)(1) of the FD&C Act, and is marketed in violation of sections 301(a), 301(b), and 301(k) of such Act.

For the reasons cited above, you should immediately discontinue any website offer to sell Vaccininum-Injeel and remove from your website all other promotional materials for products that contain the same or similar violative presentations.

This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of your websites and products your firm may be marketing. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products marketed by your firm are in compliance with the FD&C and. PHS Acts and their implementing regulations. You should take prompt action to correct the violations noted above. Failure to correct these violations promptly may result in regulatory action such as seizure and/or injunction without further notice.

Please notify this office in writing within 15 working days of receipt of this letter of any steps you have taken or will take to correct the noted violations and to prevent their recurrence. If the corrective action(s) cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the correction(s) will be completed.

Your response should be sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, HFM-600, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1442, Attention: Mary A. Malarkey, Director, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality.

Sincerely,

/S/

Mary A. Malarkey
Director
Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research