Scam of the day – October 16, 2014 – FDA warns consumers about Ebola treatment scams

The recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has many people around the world concerned about the spread of this disease.  As usual, scam artists, the only criminals we call artists are ready to exploit the public’s fear and concerns by offering for sale various medicines that they say will prevent or successfully cure Ebola.  These quack medicines are being sold on the Internet.  None of them are effective.  Presently no vaccine or drug has been approved by the FDA to either prevent or treat Ebola although there are a number of experimental vaccines and treatments in development, but not available to the public at this time.  So if you are tempted to buy an Ebola related medicine or a supplement that claims to prevent Ebola or cure it, don’t give into the temptation.  You only will be wasting your money.

TIPS

Check with your physician before embarking on any medical treatment.  As for supplements, you cannot trust any advertisement for any supplement that indicates that it prevents or cures any disease because federal law outlaws such claims.  It is also important to remember that even if you see an advertisement for an Ebola medicine on legitimate media, such as newspapers, radio, television, magazines or the Internet, you cannot be confident that the medicine being advertised is legitimate.  Media companies do not investigate the efficacy of the products sold through their advertisements.

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