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FDA / NY Atty Gen order Jim Bakker to stop selling fraudulent coronavirus products

Accepted submission by DannyB at 2020-03-09 18:50:21 from the its-the-christian-thing-to-do dept.

FDA warns televangelist Jim Bakker and six others to stop selling fraudulent coronavirus products []

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has sent warning letters to televangelist Jim Bakker and six companies for selling unapproved coronavirus drugs and treatment products.

"The FDA considers the sale and promotion of fraudulent COVID-19 products to be a threat to the public health. We have an aggressive surveillance program that routinely monitors online sources for health fraud products, especially during a significant public health issue such as this one," FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in announcing the enforcement actions.

The products include teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver, which have been cited as not safe or effective for treating any disease, the agency said in a statement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The FDA said it was particularly worried that the products may cause people to delay or stop appropriate treatment, "leading to serious and life-threatening harm."

NY attorney general orders televangelist Jim Bakker to stop promoting alleged coronavirus cure []

New York's attorney general has ordered a prominent televangelist to stop peddling an alleged coronavirus elixir on his show.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office sent a cease-and-desist order to Jim Bakker Tuesday ordering him to stop promoting “Silver Solution” as a remedy for the coronavirus.

During a Feb. 12 episode of the “The Jim Bakker Show,” guest Sherrill Sellman claimed that Silver Solution was able to eliminate some strains of the coronavirus.

Asked if the Silver Solution would be effective against the COVID-19 coronavirus, Sellman replied, "Let's say it hasn't been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it's been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and it has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours."

Which letter matters more? The FDA's or the NY Attorney General?

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