The FDA has said it is increasingly concerned about unapproved cannabis and related products that claim to prevent, diagnose and even cure cancer.
In a strongly-worded statement the FDA said it had sent warning letters to four companies warning that their actions are against US laws and put patients at risk by preventing them accessing approved therapies for serious or fatal diseases.
In this case the illegally sold products allegedly contain cannabidiol, a component of the marijuana plant that is not approved by the FDA in any drug or any indication.
Companies receiving warning letters distributed the products with unsubstantiated claims regarding preventing, reversing or curing cancer, killing or inhibiting cancer cells or tumours, or other similar anti-cancer claims.
Some of the products were also marketed as an alternative or additional treatment for Alzheimer’s and other serious diseases.
The FDA issued warning letters to four companies citing unsubstantiated claims related to more than 25 different
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