FDA warns public: Be discerning on advertisement and sale of health products via internet PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 July 2014 14:00

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised the public to be more discerning about the advertisement, promotion and offer for sale via internet of health products with weight loss claims.

The FDA made the advisory following its monitoring of the websites www.plumdelite.com and OLX.com which are being used to advertise, promote and offer for sale Optrimax Plum Delite with false claims.

In its latest advisory 2014-051, FDA said that Optrimax Plum Delite Pickled Plum with Probiotics and Green Tea Mix is registered with the FDA only as food product under Category II (FR-94883) but should not carry any therapeutic claims in their advertisements.

“To claim that the use of Optrimax Plum Delite is ‘the right way to lose weight without diet and exercise’ is false and deceiving, since Optrimax Plum is not a weight loss drug product,” the FDA said.

“Thus, the FDA declares that such advertisement, promotion and sale is an outright violation of the provisions of Republic Act No. 3720 as amended by Republic Act No. 9711 which provides that in the advertisements, promotions, sponsorship, and other marketing activities of any health product, ‘no claim shall be made other than those contained in the approved label or packaging, or as duly approved by the FDA.”

Any information about any establishment found selling Optrimax Plum with weight loss claims should be reported either through email at report@fda.gov.ph or at telephone numbers 857-1900 local 1051/857-1939.