Saturday, 16 August 2014

US Shocker On Nigeria's Ebola Drug!

BEVERLY HILLS, August 15, (THEWILL) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers to beware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus.

The FDA’s warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria’s top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier Thursday that eight Ebola patients in Lagos, the country’s financial and economic capital, will receive an experimental treatment called Nano Silver.
Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said she could not provide any information about the product referenced by the Health Minister.
The FDA did not specify any products in its warning.
Silver has been used as an antibacterial for centuries. Tiny silver particles known as Nano Silver have controversially been incorporated into a variety of consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odors caused by bacteria and mold, news agency Reuters wrote in a report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers Nano Silver a pesticide, the report said. Manufacturers of products that contain it must register them with the agency.
Nano Silver is also sometimes sold online as a dietary supplement even though Danish researchers found in a recent study that Nano Silver can penetrate and damage cells.
Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the FDA says it has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.
There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola, the FDA warned, saying although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, “these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited.”
It said there are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet. By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.
“Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,” the FDA warned.
“It is important to note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. Unfortunately, during outbreak situations, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure a disease all too often appear on the market. The FDA monitors for these fraudulent products and false claims and takes appropriate action to protect consumers,” the statement on the FDA’s website said.
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