Federal government attacks company that sells fake COVID “Nano Silver” cure
A federal judge has ordered the Natural Solutions Foundation to stop selling “nanosilver,” a product sold by the New Jersey company as a treatment and potential cure for COVID-19, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday ( DOJ).
Natural Solutions along with its trustees – Ralph Fucetola and Rima Laibow, MD, “the vitamin advocate” – have claimed that anyone who has taken the recommended dose (one cup per day) of nanosilver, which is believed to contain particles of money suspended in liquid, should have “no fear or concern” about SARS-CoV-2.
Laibow, who trained as a psychiatrist, and the company were also criticized in 2014 for falsely marketing nanosilver as a cure for Ebola.
The order stems from a consent decree related to the resolution of a DOJ complaint against Natural Solutions, Fucetola and Laibow filed in November 2020 at the request of the FDA. The lawsuit alleged that the promotion and distribution of nanosilver violated federal food, drug and cosmetic law.
“Because there are no adequate and well-controlled studies published for the intended use of [Natural Solutions’] nano-silver product to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent COVID-19, qualified experts have not reached a consensus that the product is effective for such use, âsays the complaint.
As part of the settlement, Natural Solutions will have to recall all nano-silver products previously sold and destroy its remaining inventory, in addition to completely halting the sale of the product.
“The FDA will continue to aggressively prosecute and hold accountable those who endanger public health,” Greg Noonan, acting deputy director of the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, said in a statement. “Today’s consent decree demonstrates that we will use all of our authority to stop companies preying on the public during a global pandemic by selling new, unapproved drugs.”
Since the spring of 2020, the FDA has cracked down on companies and public figures – like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and televangelist Jim Bakker – who sell products infused with colloidal silver as COVID-19 treatments.
According to the NIH, ingesting colloidal silver by mouth has no known health benefits and can lead to serious side effects. The most serious of these is a condition called argyria, an often permanent bluish-gray discoloration of the skin.
Following the publication of the consent decree, Fucetola and Laibow – who also co-host a podcast called âThe Unmasked Crusadersâ – created an online post about the upcoming changes to the business.
“We are pleased to announce that we have now entered into a consent decree resolving this dispute, without any admission of wrongdoing,” Laibow wrote. “As a result of this consent decree, we may change some of our procedures and activities, but the Foundation will continue to operate under First Amendment protection.”
The Natural Solutions Foundation online store no longer offers nano-silver, but continues to sell “gold” and “silver” vaccine exemption cards and “sanitary mask directive cards” that would have described why the card holder does not have to wear a mask under the Americans with Disability Act. A single card is sold for $ 20.95 and a 10 card pack can be purchased for a reduced price of $ 124.80. The site also sells hemp extract products for $ 97, e-books, and access to an online “grief relief” program for $ 497.
“Marketing unproven products as treatments for COVID-19 endangers public health and violates the law,” Brian Boynton, acting deputy attorney general in the civil division of DOJ, said in a statement. âThe department will work closely with the FDA to prevent anyone attempting to profit from the pandemic by selling unapproved and mislabeled drugs. “