In the FTC’s latest case targeting fake COVID-19 claims, the agency took action against Margrett Priest Lewis and the company she founded and manages, Precision Patient Outcomes, Inc. (PPO). Lewis and PPO claimed their dietary supplements, branded as COVID Resist and VIRUS Resist, could treat, prevent, or mitigate COVID-19, and that scientific evidence supported their claims. But the complaint says Lewis and PPO don’t have scientific evidence to back up their treatment, prevention, or mitigation claims.
There are no supplements proven to treat or prevent COVID-19.
When it comes to fighting COVID-19 and spotting unsupported treatment claims:
- Always talk with your doctor or healthcare professional before you try any product claiming to treat, prevent, or cure COVID-19.
- When there’s a medical breakthrough to treat, prevent, or cure a disease, you’re not going to hear about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch on social media.
- Visit CDC.gov and the FDA.gov for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and available vaccines.
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good job !
Shouldn’t it have been written as follows: “FTC quashes company’s claims…”?
I'm not sure who's t he fraud - the FTC or a dietary supplement. Let the people decide for the themselves!
I'm not sure who's the fraud - the FTC or the someone making vitamins. Let the people decide for themselves!
This article is so far below the minimal threshold required of a valid and truthful scientific or medical report. No proof. No research backing up this claim.
The powerful upper ranks of the FTC is in someones pocket.
Huh.... still zero comments. Must be zero comments of which you approve. Maybe when you target Pfizer and Moderna for their false claims and damaging side effects you can recapture the trust of the public.
Dear ftc.gov webmaster, Your posts are always well-structured and logical.
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