Congressman Calls For Federal Crackdown On Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, is getting in touch with the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to examine sales of a non-FDA authorized drug marketed as a treatment for COVID-19.

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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, is contacting the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to examine sales of a non-FDA approved drug marketed as a treatment for COVID-19.

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Earlier on in the pandemic, Krishnamoorthi got in touch with the Trump Administration to act against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of InfoWars for marketing colloidal silver-infused tooth pastes as a supposed COVID-19 avoidance step. (The National Institutes of Health state colloidal silver is effective or not safe for treating any condition, and can even permanently turn an individuals skin blue at high dosages.) The FDA then cautioned Jones that such claims were deceptive and could violate federal law.

He is now calling for the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to take action versus one prominent physician who has actually marketed the drug: Dr. Dominique Fradin-Read of Los Angeles.

Fradin-Read is understood for her work with the star Gwyneth Paltrows wellness brand Goop. Fradin-Read helped formulate a dietary supplement called “Madame Ovary” for the brand name. She likewise runs the practice VitaLifeMD, and had actually incorrectly marketed thymosin alpha-1 as an “FDA approved” drug, which she claimed was “one of the best methods to fight and prevent COVID-19.”

The congressman, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), leads your house Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. He is now requiring the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to do something about it versus one popular doctor who has actually marketed the drug: Dr. Dominique Fradin-Read of Los Angeles.

Fradin-Read did not respond to messages from NPR for this story. But she has previously protected prescriptions of the drug, saying she had prescribed it to members of her personnel, her mother, and had even taken it herself without any unfavorable effects.

Prevalent sales of that purported treatment – a drug known as thymosin alpha-1 – were first determined by an NPR investigation previously this month. More than 30 doctors in more than a dozen states around the nation have marketed the drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, despite the fact that it has never ever been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for any condition and such claims are, in the words of the FDA, “not supported by trusted and skilled scientific evidence.”

” Such incorrect claims appear to be illegal and ought to go through strict enforcement by FDA and FTC,” Krishnamoorthi wrote in his letter to the leaders of those agencies. “I ask you to open an investigation into VitaLifeMD, and to take all appropriate action versus VitaLifeMD and its principals.”

Krishnamoorthis existing letter faults the Trump Administration for stopping working to efficiently prevent frauds that take advantage of individualss fears, calling the federal governments enforcement therefore far “piecemeal.”.

The FTC and FDA are accountable for imposing laws against false and deceptive advertising. A spokesperson for the FTC declined to comment, and the FDA did not react to a message NPR.

Previously on in the pandemic, Krishnamoorthi called on the Trump Administration to take action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of InfoWars for marketing colloidal silver-infused toothpastes as an expected COVID-19 avoidance step.

She likewise runs the practice VitaLifeMD, and had actually wrongly marketed thymosin alpha-1 as an “FDA authorized” drug, which she claimed was “one of the finest ways to combat and prevent COVID-19.”

” Amid an unprecedented public health and recession,” Krishnamoorthi composed, “we can not allow dishonest producers and companies to deceive customers into purchasing costly, inadequate, and potentially dangerous wonder remedies.”.

A member of Congress, who has actually led efforts to investigate alleged coronavirus frauds, is calling for the federal government to crack down on an unverified treatment for COVID-19. Prevalent sales of that purported treatment – a drug called thymosin alpha-1 – were first determined by an NPR investigation previously this month. More than 30 doctors in more than a dozen states around the country have actually marketed the drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, despite the truth that it has never been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for any condition and such claims are, in the words of the FDA, “not supported by reputable and qualified scientific evidence.”