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    Phl warns of online health scam

    THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Manila on Sunday warned Filipino consumers that the so-called health products being sold through the internet could be a scam.
    In a statement, the FDA said there is no such thing as cure-all health supplements that promise quick and easy remedies for serious health conditions.
    “These are merely food products to be taken only to support the nutritional needs of the body,” the FDA pointed out, adding that they are not meant to have any therapeutic effect or to replace prescribed medications.
    The FDA explained that such products can be more than just ineffective. In some cases, they may actually affect an individual’s health.
    “Be wary of these advertisements and marketing schemes of unscrupulous individuals whose main concern is profit,” the FDA stressed.
    It said health/dietary supplements are usually promoted by people who have no medical qualifications but exploit hopes for improved health.
    Most common products sold online with false claims include weight loss products and whitening or beauty products.
    “Always remember that there is no substitute for proper diet and regular exercise and no such thing as sole item of a meal or diet replacement of drugs and medicines,” the FDA explained.
    The FDA urged consumers to make sure that a seller of supplements has valid FDA license to operate (LTO).
    “It is against FDA laws to sell medicines without LTO and without a licensed pharmacist,” it said.
    It advised the consumers to check if the health product has a valid license by verifying at the FDA website.

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