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FDA – Beware of Bogus Swine Flu Products Sold Online

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to be aware of the many bogus products that are being sold over the Internet that claim to prevent, treat or diagnose H1N1 influenza virus.

The warning comes after federal investigators purchased and tested five products and found one contained powdered talc and general Tylenol, but no Tamiflu (oseltamivir). The others contained some Tamiflu but weren’t approved for sale in the United States, the AP reported.

The agency issued a warning about at least 140 fraudulent products, ranging from sprays and devices to dietary supplements claiming for strengthening the immune system and more.

"There is no way of knowing the conditions under which these products were manufactured. They could contain contaminated, counterfeit, impure or subpotent / superpotent ingredients," said Alyson Saben, the head of the FDA swine flu consumer fraud team.