FTC Prohibits Professional medical Director of $23,000 COVID-19 ‘Treatment’ Plan From Building Fake Well being Promises | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Pamela G. Knowles

The professional medical director of Golden Sunrise Nutraceutical, Inc., agreed to settle Federal Trade Fee (FTC) prices that he took component in deceptively promotion a $23,000 procedure program as a scientifically tested way to address COVID-19.

Less than the proposed order, Dr. Stephen Meis will be prohibited from creating similar unsupported health and fitness statements in the long run and will pay out $103,420 to give refunds to defrauded consumers.

In accordance to the FTC’s complaint, filed in July 2020 in the U.S. District Court docket for the Jap District of California, Golden Sunrise began marketing and advertising its Unexpected emergency D-Virus program as a treatment method for COVID-19 in March 2020. The FTC alleged that Golden Sunrise falsely claimed the company’s supplements—ImunStem, Aktiffvate and AnterFeerons—were “uniquely competent to handle and modify the system of the Coronavirus epidemic in CHINA and other nations around the world,” and that users could count on the “disappearance of viral signs within just two to four days.” The promoting appeared on billboards, web-sites and social media.

The defendants also promoted and bought a variety of nutritional supplements as treatment options for most cancers, Parkinson’s sickness and several other significant overall health circumstances and illnesses. Some of the defendants’ remedies value as substantially as $170,000 to $200,000. In reality, according to the FTC, they consisted mainly of many herbs and spices and the wellness claims were being unsubstantiated.

Just one advert for the company’s supplements cited “Stephen R. Meis, M.D., Board Certified” saying, “With improved use of 1 of the nutritional supplements included in the Crisis D-Virus remedy system, disappearance of viral symptoms is expected within two (2) to four (4) times,” and that the suggested dietary nutritional supplements “are available now and when they are started out, they will aid reduce the people today straight away [sic] with the acute ailment of the Coronavirus.”

The proposed order settling the FTC’s grievance prohibits Meis from making wellness-linked item misrepresentations in the foreseeable future, needs him to have qualified and trustworthy scientific evidence to support any claims he will make, and prohibits him from misrepresenting the benefits of any exams, scientific tests or other investigate. It also bars him from falsely stating that a item has Food stuff and Drug Administration acceptance when it does not. In addition, the get imposes a judgment of $103,420 against Meis, payable to the FTC, which can be utilized to offer refunds to defrauded shoppers.

The proposed get has been signed by the choose. Litigation continues in opposition to defendants Golden Dawn Nutraceutical, Inc., Golden Dawn Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Huu Tieu.

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