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Health Fraud Scams

Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Health fraud scams waste money and can lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment. They can also cause serious or even fatal injuries.

Health Fraud News

Federal officials seize adulterated dietary supplements from Life Rising Corporation due to poor manufacturing practices

FDA puts company on notice for marketing unapproved stem cell products for treating serious conditions

FDA takes action against marketer of unapproved products claiming to treat addiction, chronic pain and other serious conditions

Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on risk of heavy metals, including nickel and lead, found in some kratom products

FDA launches global operation to crack down on websites selling illegal, potentially dangerous drugs; including opioids

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Health Fraud Information

Warning Letters


Seizures and Injunctions

Press Announcements

For Consumers

Resources for You

How to Spot Health Fraud

Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List

Office of Criminal Investigations

Medication Health Fraud

Tobacco Health Fraud

Compliance Policy Guide Section 120.500 - Health Fraud

FDA on Facebook and Flickr

FDA's Youtube Channel

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Unproven Alzheimer's Disease Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued 12 warning letters and 5 online advisory letters to foreign and domestic companies that are illegally selling products that claim to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Illegally Sold Opioid Cessation Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission posted joint warning letters to the marketers and distributors of 12 opioid cessation products, for illegally marketing unapproved products with claims about their ability to help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal.

Advisories and Alerts

Advisory Letters

The U.S. FDA issued letters to these companies for illegally marketing products for the treatment or prevention of serious diseases. Thirty days after FDA issued these letters, the companies listed have failed to voluntarily cease illegally marketing products for serious diseases.

Registrar and Registry Abuse Complaints

The U.S. FDA sent abuse complaints to registrars managing websites that offer any unapproved drugs or uncleared devices, or potentially counterfeit, controlled, adulterated or misbranded products to U.S. consumers in violation of U.S. law.

List of Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

This list only includes a small fraction of the potentially hazardous products with hidden ingredients marketed to consumers on the internet and in retail establishments. FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements on the market that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients.

Health Fraud Recalls

The page provides information gathered from press announcements and other public notices about certain recalls of health fraud related products regulated by FDA.

Report a Problem

Report a Problem to FDA

Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting to FDA any adverse reactions or other problems with products the agency regulates. Information on how to report a problem.

Consumer Complaint Coordinators

To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state in which you reside.


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