Stay Away from Drugs That Claim to ‘Cure’ Cancer or Opioid Addiction, the FDA Warns

By: JML Law | December 6, 2018.
Stay Away from Drugs That Claim to ‘Cure’ Cancer or Opioid Addiction, the FDA Warns

There are all kinds of drugs these days. If all the promises made by drug manufacturers when marketing and advertising their products were true, we would have cured cancer and opioid addiction by now (and pretty much any other illness, disorder, and disease).

In case you missed it in November, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to two companies over the use of additive tianeptine in their dietary supplements. “The two companies in question were identified as MA Labs and Jack B Goods Outlet Store, though dietary experts argue that many other companies are also using tianeptine in their drugs and supplements, but they were not mentioned in the warning letters for some reason,” says our Los Angeles product liability attorney at JML Law.

What’s the problem with tianeptine

The dietary supplements that received the warning from the FDA are being marketed and sold by the two companies as a treatment for opioid addiction, or, in other words, opioid use disorder. MA Labs and Jack B Goods Outlet Store also claim that their supplements containing tianeptine can be used to treat pain and anxiety.

The FDA has numerous problems with the use of tianeptine in drugs and dietary supplements. First and foremost, the use of this additive is prohibited by law. The FDA, meanwhile, considers it to be an unsafe food additive and warns drug and supplement manufacturers against using it in their products.

In addition to that, the FDA also warned the two companies in question against marketing their tianeptine-containing dietary supplements as a treatment for opioid use disorder, opioid addiction, pain, and anxiety. It has come to FDA officials’ attention that withdrawal symptoms from tianeptine are similar to those seen in opioid withdrawal.

In case you are wondering, the FDA pointed a finger at Vicaine, manufactured by MA Labs, and Tianaa Red, Tianaa White, and Tianaa Green supplements, the three of which are produced by Jack B Goods.

Unsubstantiated and unrealistic claims when marketing drugs and supplements

Drug and supplement manufacturers making unsubstantiated claims and promising to cure every disease and disorder imaginable is nothing new. In 2017, the FDA issued an open letter to U.S. consumers warning them against buying and using unapproved drugs and supplements that claim to cure cancer.

Our product liability attorney Los Angeles at JML Law explains that all cancer drugs and treatments sold in the United States must go through rigorous and thorough testing to receive approval from the FDA. Lack of testing means not only that the drug or supplement has no properties to cure cancer, but also that this product might actually harm the user.

Since it is nearly impossible to sell drugs and supplements that were not approved by the FDA at pharmacies, drugs and supplement companies focus on selling their products online on websites and social media. Making unrealistic and unsubstantiated claims helps them sell the product to desperate people looking for any cure.

Stay away from drugs and supplements that were not approved by the FDA

Our experienced product liability attorney in Los Angeles advises cancer patients to stay away from unapproved drugs and supplements that claim any of the following:

  • Cures cancer
  • Treats all forms of cancer
  • Kills cancer cells
  • Shrinks tumors
  • More effective than chemotherapy

If you believe that you were harmed by a drug or supplement that promised to “cure” your cancer or opioid addiction, seek legal advice from our product liability lawyers at JML Law. Get a free consultation about your particular case by calling 818-610-8800 today.

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