FDA Warns of Fake Swine Flu Products on the Web


swine-flu1Back a few months ago, swine flu scams and misinformation plagued the internet. While the hysteria surrounding the disease has calmed somewhat, there are still foul folks out there trying to make a quick buck by capitalizing on fear.According to Newsvine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discovered and warned creators of more than 140 products that falsely claim to combat H1N1, or swine flu, as it’s more commonly called.

These items include sprays that supposedly sterilize surfaces and even the air, dietary supplements that say they boost the immune system, and most disturbing, fake Tamiflu — one of two drugs recommended for treating swine flu, and also requires a prescription. FDA sites say that new fraudulent Web sites crop up every day, while vaccine shipments continue to be delayed and Tamiflu is prescribed only to the sickest patients.

Seeking treatment from a healthcare professional instead of some wacko on the Web is a good way to prevent being duped. Also, before you panic, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Web site to find out the facts on the flu.

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