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Published on August 17th, 2017


Pathogen Defense, Other APS BioGroup Supplements

To borrow a line from Jeff Green of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” some APS BioGroup supplement labels are “just a big bowl of wrong.”

But before we get to the main course of a recent FDA warning letter to the company — a helping of unapproved drug treatment claims, one of which is the very name of a supplement, Pathogen Defense — let’s dig into some apps.

According to the agency, certain APS BioGroup supplement labels are misbranded in that they, among other things:

  • Give an incorrect serving size (Pathogen Defense)
  • Fail to list all the common names of each ingredient (Pathogen Defense, Liver Defend, and others)
  • Claim to be “rich” in an ingredient, proline, for which there is no such measure (DPS Throat Spray)
  • Display the Nutrition Facts Panel in an incorrect format (Children’s DiaResQ)

The illegal health claims cited on the label of Pathogen Defense, in addition to the name of the product, includes the claim that the supplement addresses “the overgrowth and infectious potential of various pathogens…”

Remember, readers, marketing supplements as having the ability to treat, cure, alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent developing diseases and disorders is simply not permitted by law. If a supplement really could do all that, then it would be a drug subject to rigorous study and testing to gain FDA approval.

Find more of our coverage on supplements here.

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Only drugs can be marketed as having the ability to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent or mitigate a disease, and the only way for a product to gain legit drug status is by getting FDA approval, which means any product that doesn’t get FDA approval can’t say it has the ability to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent or mitigate a disease.


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