According to reports, the man and his business partner have been banned from selling an unproven COVID-19 treatment. Prosecutors said that the man and his partner claimed their Coronavirus treatment would allow people to have no fear about the virus. The federal complaint contended that nano silver is not generally recognized by qualified experts as safe and effective to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 and the company’s claims were not supported by credible scientific evidence or studies.
The retired lawyer from New Jersey, Ralph Fucetola, and his business partner, Dr. Rima Laibow, were ordered to recall the treatment and destroy any supplies as part of a settlement that they agreed to Monday, according to reports.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Boynton released the following statement:
“Marketing unproven products as treatments for COVID-19 endangers public health and violates the law. The duo distributed a nano silver product through their company, Natural Solutions Foundation, that they claimed would prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.”
Prosecutors also said that “the Vitamin Lawyer” and his business partner insisted that anyone who took a capsule a day of the bogus treatment should have no fear or concern about coronavirus.
According to reports, the federal complaint contended that nano silver is not generally recognized by qualified experts as safe and effective to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 and the company’s claims were not supported by credible scientific evidence or studies.
Fucetola and Laibow must notify the FDA before distributing any new drugs and allow the agency to inspect their facilities and procedures.
Health officials have announced that the FDA will continue to aggressively pursue and hold accountable those who jeopardize public health, according to reports.
Deputy Director Noonan for the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs reportedly said:
“Today’s consent decree demonstrates that we will use all of our authority to stop companies that prey on the public during a global pandemic by selling unapproved new drugs.”
This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.