FDA warns companies selling supposed coronavirus cures

March 9, 2020

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In the midst of rising anxieties related to the coronavirus, a number of companies haven’t been able to resist the urge to leverage products they say could provide a potential cure. 

This week the FDA sent warning letters to seven companies for claiming their products could prevent or treat COVID-19. Among the products mentioned in the warning letters were teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver.

The companies that received the warning letters include:

  • Herbal Army
  • Vivify Holisitic Clinic
  • Xephyr doing business as N-Ergetics
  • Gurunada
  • Vital Silver
  • Quinessence Aromatherapy
  • The Jim Bakker Show

New York’s attorney general also ordered Jim Bakker, a prominent televangelist, to stop claiming his elixir called “Silver Solution” could potentially cure coronavirus. Last month, Bakker said during an episode of The Jim Bakker show that although his Silver Solution product has not been tested on the novel coronavirus, it has been able to “eliminate” other viruses within “12 hours.” 

Some of the companies have already amended the language on their websites to meet the FDA’s recommendations.