Stay Alert for Fake Swine Flu Prevention, Treatment Products

Be on the lookout for anyone selling fraudulent products that claim to prevent or treat H1N1 flu, commonly called swine flu.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are cracking down on non-FDA approved products, which could include dietary supplements, food, and fake drugs, devices, or vaccines. Such fraudulent products will not treat or prevent the spread of the virus, the FDA said in a press release.

There are currently two FDA-approved treatments—Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir)—that are only available through prescription. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information. There are currently no vaccinations against swine flu.

Visit the FDA website for information on personal protective equipment, like masks and respirators, that can prevent the spread of infections.

Contact your health care provider or a legitimate medical supply service if you are have questions or concerns about medical products or personal protective equipment.

You also can report any suspected fraudulent products to the FDA.