Using products erroneously claimed to cure COVID-19 may result in patients suffering worsened or additional medical conditions, and even death. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers, medical professionals, and scientists from around the world focused their efforts on developing a cure. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve any such medications or products; however, numerous companies advertise products they claim will cure or prevent COVID-19.
Fake Cures Place the Public at Risk
Products falsely claimed to cure coronavirus pose a substantial health hazard for consumers. Used incorrectly or without appropriate supervision, such products or medications may cause patients’ health conditions to worsen or lead to additional medical ailments. In some cases, the use of such products may lead to death. Additionally, the use of such products may cause patients to hold off or avoid entirely seeking appropriate medical care, which may result in complications or prolong their suffering. For example, some companies have advertised colloidal silver as a coronavirus cure. According to the Mayo Clinic, however, the use of such products may cause silver to build up in the body and cause a discoloration of the skin, internal organs, eyes, gums, and nails, as well as seizures and organ damage.
Working with the FDA, the Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to hundreds of companies falsely claiming products that treat or prevent COVID-19. Some of the products addressed include essential oils, tinctures, teas, colloidal silver, and other herbs and supplements. The companies have 48-hours to take corrective action and inform the FTC of their responses or face additional follow up.
False Cure Victims May Pursue Legal Action
Patients who suffer adverse effects due to fake coronavirus cures may take action to hold the product’s manufacturers civilly liable. Whether the products include an express guarantee that they work for the treatment of coronavirus or they come with an implied promise, people may argue the product manufacturers’ or sellers’ overstated, made false claims, or otherwise misled consumers about the potential benefits of their products. They may also bring forth such claims because the manufacturer labels failed to adequately warn of possible hazards associated with the products’ use.
Compensation for False Coronavirus Cure-Associated Injuries
Consumers injured using fake COVID-19 cures may recover damages for their injury-associated losses. The at-fault companies may compensate them for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other losses.