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 FDA charges websites with illegal silver promotion

{Editor's Note: Colloidal silver, a suspension of fine microscopic partices of silver in water, was in common use prior to 1938, the year that the FDA was established. All health related products that were in common use before the FDA was extablished were considered "grandfathered in" and not subject to regulation by the FDA. This 'declaration' is both illegal and unconstitutional, but it's going to take a lenghty and expensive court fight to push them back-unless the public gets riled up and starts screaming REAL loud.]

   WASHINGTON, Nov 06 (Reuters Health) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cracked down on 16 websites for illegally promoting the dietary supplement colloidal silver as a

In letters to the companies, the FDA says its review of the websites has concluded that colloidal silver and other products are promoted for conditions that may cause them to be drugs. The claims the 16 websites make, such as touting colloidal silver as an antibiotic, antifungal, burn treatment or cure-all, "establish their intended use as drugs," the agency says.  "FDA is aware that Internet distributors may not know that the products they offer are regulated as drugs or that these drugs
are not in compliance with the law," the agency says in the letters, noting that "many of these products may be legally marketed as dietary supplements or as cosmetics if certain therapeutic claims are removed from the promotional materials."

Reuters Health called the operators of several of the websites on Monday, but none returned the calls.

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