Autism Politico

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Editorial #152: FDA Issues Warnings to ‘Chelation’ Marketers

Autism Politico is pleased to see the FDA taking action against purveyors of unapproved chelation therapy drugs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned eight companies that their over-the-counter (OTC) chelation products are unapproved drugs and devices and that it is a violation of federal law to make unproven claims about these products. There are no FDA-approved OTC chelation products.
Outstanding. This should go a long way toward preventing autistics from being harmed by some forms of chelation therapy. 
 
The companies that received the warning letters claim that their products treat a range of diseases by removing toxic metals from the body. Some also claim to treat autism spectrum disorder, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and other serious conditions. Some companies that received the warning letters also claim their products will detect the presence of heavy metals to justify the need for chelation therapy.
 
The drug products involved have not been evaluated by the FDA for treatment of these diseases, and violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Despite the claims of the companies that received warning letters, the effectiveness in treating any of the diseases listed is unsubstantiated.
The FDA has clearly stated that there is no proof that chelation treats autism. Parents and caregivers who continue to attempt to treat children with autism go against the advice of the FDA.
 
The companies must take prompt action to correct the legal violations cited in the warnings letters or face possible legal action, including seizure and injunction. The FDA issued warning letters to the following companies:

This is outstanding, and Autism Politico hopes the FDA seeks enforcement against those which fail to comply with the directive.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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October 27, 2010 - Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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