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Williams, Melvin 02-Feb-06

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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

 

Kansas City District
Southwest Region
11630 West 80th Street
Lenexa, Kansas 66214-3340
T elephone: (913) 752-2100



Warning Letter

February 2, 2006

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURNED RECEIPT REQUESTED

Ref. KAN 2006-06

Melvin Williams
9408 Bales
Kansas City, MO 64132

Dear Mr. Williams:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your website at the Internet address http://www.cuttingedgehealth101.com and has concluded that claims in the labeling for your product Natural Cellular Defense cause the product to be a drug as defined in section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. 321 (g)(1)(B)]. You can find the Act and FDA's regulations through links on FDA's Internet homepage: http://www.fda.gov.

Under the Act, articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man are drugs [Section 201 (g)(1)(B) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 321 (g)(1)(B)]. Your website claims that your product is useful in the prevention and treatment of avian flu and other forms of influenza.

The Internet labeling of your products bears the following implied claims:

  • "Are you concerned about the "Bird Flu?"

  • "Who else wants a natural supplement that can 'interrupt' a " virus life cycle?"

  • "With the new super viruses we are told to be on the lookout for, doesn't it make sense to arm yourself with a Patented naturual virus shield?"

These claims cause your product to be a drug, as defined in section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 321 (g)(1)(B)]. Because your product is not generally recognized as safe and effective when used as labeled, it is also a new drug as defined in section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 321(p)]. Under section 505 of the Act [21 U.S.C. 355 (a)], a new drug may not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved New Drug Application (NDA). This drug is also misbranded within the meaning of section 502(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 352(a)] because their labeling is false and misleading in that it suggests that this drug is effective for the prevention and treatment of avian flu and other forms of influenza when, in fact, these claims are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.

This letter an all-inclusive review of your website and the products that your form markets. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations.

You must immediately correct these violations. If you do not immediately correct them, you may be subject to enforcement action without notice. The Act provides for seizure of illegal products and for injunctions against the manufacturers and distributors of illegal products [21 U.S.C. 332 and 334]. Individuals and businesses that violate the Act may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

Please advise this office, in writing and within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of this letter, as to the specific steps you haven taken to correct the violations noted above and to ensure that similar violations do not occur. If corrective actions cannot be completed within fifteen working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the corrections will be completed.

Your reply should be addressed to Compliance Officer Joseph G. Kramer at the above address.

Sincerely,

/s/

John W. Thorsky
District Director
Kansas City District