Published on July 23rd, 20140
FDA Stings Zarbee’s Naturals for Treatment Claims
- Proven congestion relief
- Soothes sore throats
- Immune boosting
- Promotes peaceful sleep
- Soothes coughs
The FDA warned in the June letter:
The therapeutic claims on your website establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
Marketing under these claims can only be done if the product is a drug, but Zarbee’s markets its product as “drug free.”
The FDA also found more evidence that Zarbee’s is intended to be used as a drug on the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The agency pointed to the company’s likes of these testimonials on the page:
Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2 year old. Colds and congestion clear up in 2 days.
Received the sample for allergy relief and my husband had a terrible problem with allergies…he was very impressed on how well it worked for him…
The FDA approves drugs “on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.”
However in gaining “drug” status, Zarbee’s will probably lose lots of its appeal as a natural remedy. (Remember “natural” has not been defined by the FDA and can often mean a variety of different things.)
Zarbee’s boasts on its website that it is recommended by over 40,000 doctors. The BBB reached out to Zarbee’s about this statement and did not receive any substantiation. When TINA.org contacted the company requesting proof of this claim, the company said in an email response that “…we call 18,000 doctors offices and get verbal commitments and recommendations each year.”
Despite the FDA letter, the company is still making health claims on its website as the date of this post.
This post was updated on 8/20/2014.