Flu scams on the rise
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Flu season is in full swing and the number of bogus products that claim to ward off or prevent the flu has increased dramatically. The US Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning about 140 fraudulent flu products, including special shampoos, hand sprays and electronic devices.
You can avoid the flu by getting a flu shot, washing your hands regularly, and staying away from people who are sick. The only medications approved to treat H1N1 are Tamiflu and Relenza, and both are available by prescription only.
If you receive an email or come across an advertisement for a questionable flu product, consider the tips in our consumer column. You can also report flu scams to the FDA.
To file a complaint about a questionable health product, contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or visit www.ncdoj.gov.