FDA Statement on Fraudulent, Unapproved Influenza-Related Products

January 21, 2006


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers the sale of unlicensed or unapproved influenza -related products as a potentially significant threat to the public health and is taking measures to protect consumers from fraudulent products that claim to prevent or treat seasonal or avian (bird) influenza in people. Consumers should be aware that currently there are no approved vaccines for preventing avian influenza in people nor are there any drugs approved for treating the specific symptoms of avian influenza. (Although several vaccines and drugs have been approved for the prevention and treatment of seasonal influenza, it is often impossible for unsuspecting consumers to differentiate between these products and those that are not genuine.) There is always another health scam! How much of this is the result of aggressive reporting by the news media?