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Advisory Letter - Tiens Group

Advisory Letter - Tiens Group

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

Food and Drug Administration
 
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

 

Sent via email: info@tiensproduct.com

 

September 27, 2016

Mr. Li Jinyuan
Tiens Group
20275 Business Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 91789

RE: TIENS Super Calcium Capsules with Lecithin, TIENS Selenium Supplement Capsules, TIENS Natto Ginkgo Capsules, TIENS Cell Rejuvenation Capsules Yi Kang, TIENS Cordyceps Capsules, and TIENS Wei Kang Vitality Softgels

Dear Mr. Li Jinyuan:

This letter is to advise you that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed your website at www.tiensproduct.com in May 2016 and has found that you take orders there for TIENS Super Calcium Capsules with Lecithin, TIENS Selenium Supplement Capsules, TIENS Natto Ginkgo Capsules, TIENS Cell Rejuvenation Capsules Yi Kang, TIENS Cordyceps Capsules, and TIENS Wei Kang Vitality Softgels. Various claims and statements made on your website and/or in other labeling establish that these products are drugs as defined in 21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B) because they are intended for the treatment, cure, mitigation, or prevention of disease. For example, your website recommends or suggests the use of TIENS Super Calcium Capsules with Lecithin, TIENS Selenium Supplement Capsules, TIENS Natto Ginkgo Capsules, TIENS Cell Rejuvenation Capsules Yi Kang, TIENS Cordyceps Capsules, and TIENS Wei Kang Vitality Softgels to treat or prevent asthma, cancer, rheumatism, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, myocardial infarction, stroke, sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., herpes), cerebral embolism, and dementia. As explained further below, the introduction of these products into interstate commerce for such uses violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

These products are also new drugs as defined under 21 U.S.C. § 321(p) because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the uses recommended or suggested in their labeling. Before a new drug may be marketed or otherwise introduced into interstate commerce, it must be approved by FDA on the basis of scientific data demonstrating that the drug is safe and effective under the conditions of use in its labeling. See 21 U.S.C. §§ 355(a) and 331(d). Your drug products do not have FDA-approved applications as required by 21 U.S.C. § 355.

We advise you to review all materials through which you communicate to consumers the intended uses of your products, and to either submit a new drug application (NDA) for products intended for use in treating, curing, mitigating, diagnosing, or preventing a disease or, alternatively, remove all statements indicating that your products are intended for such uses. This would include reviewing your websites, product labels, catalogs, brochures, flyers, package inserts, audio and video, e-commerce and social media accounts you operate (e.g., Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Twitter accounts), as well as any other promotional materials, and removing product claims, consumer testimonials, metatags, and anything else that states or implies that your products are useful in treating, curing, mitigating, diagnosing, or preventing diseases.

For more information on the kinds of claims that establish that a product is intended for use as a drug, please see 21 CFR 101.93(f)-(g) and http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/DietarySupplements/ucm103340.htm.

Within 30 calendar days of the date of this letter, please correct the violations described in this letter and notify FDA, via electronic mail at FDAadvisory@fda.hhs.gov or via mail to 12420 Parklawn Drive #4041, Rockville, MD 20857, that the violations have been corrected. Include the Online Advisory Letter Reference number (located in the upper right portion of this letter) in all your communications to FDA regarding this matter.

After 30 days from the date of this letter, if your website or other labeling continues to demonstrate that your products are intended to treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent diseases, the name of your firm and this letter will be posted on the FDA webpage for unapproved new drugs illegally marketed for serious diseases.
 

This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of your website or a list of all violations of law that exist in connection with your products, your website and other product labeling, or at your facilities. FDA expects you to take the necessary steps to ensure that all your products comply with the laws and regulations enforced by FDA.

 

Sincerely,

Health Fraud Team
Office of Enforcement and Import Operations
Office of Regulatory Affairs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration