FDA cracks down on fake Alzheimer's treatments
A lab in France that focuses on phytotherapy, natural medicine and dietary supplements. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images
The Food and Drug Administration cracked down Monday on almost 60 products — mostly dietary supplements — that falsely claimed to treat or cure Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure or significant treatment for Alzheimer's, in any form.
Between the lines: Supplements are regulated more like food than drugs, but can sometimes claim health benefits without showing much evidence. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said today's enforcement actions are part of a "larger effort" to rein in supplements' false or medically unjustified claims.
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