U.S. Seizes Dozens of Misbranded Drugs

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration says U.S. marshals have seized a range of misbranded over-the-counter products, including gum, shampoos and creams.

FDA officials said a Wednesday raid by marshals occurred at Beehive Botanicals Inc. in Haywood, Wis. Officials said the marshals confiscated creams, capsules, tablets, throat spray and several other products that the FDA alleges are unapproved new drugs in violation of federal law.

“The company claimed on links on its Web site, and in labeling and promotional materials, that some of the products could be used to diagnose, cure, and prevent diseases such as asthma, dermatitis and ulcers,” the FDA said in a statement. “Additional company claims indicated that the products could aid in the treatment or prevention of cancer, liver or kidney disease, insomnia, bone fractures and skin disorders.”

The FDA said the company makes disease claims for propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and honey, which are the bee-derived ingredients used to make the drug products.

As a result of the claims, the FDA said the products represent new drugs and therefore are subject to FDA regulation.

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