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US cracks down on Homeopathic and Ayurvedic diabetic remedies
The US food and drug administration is cracking down on the sales of homeopathic and ayurvedic dietary supplements for the treatment of diabetes. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to fifteen companies, stating to stop the sale of the illegal marketed diabetic products.

The foreign and domestic companies, who are selling the ayurvedic or homeopathic medicines in their stores or online, have been asked to tell FDA within fifteen days. The FDA has also asked the consumers to stop using these products or similar products, as they contains some harmful ingredients.

According to FDA, these illegally sold products like 'prevent and treat diabetes' or 'can replace medicine in the treatment of diabetes' includes dietary supplements and claims to treat or cure diabetes.

The medicines which are banned by FDA are unapproved versions of metformin and Januvia, which is procured from India and sold online in the US, and Diexi. It is manufactured in Surat by Amrutam LifeCare.

The FDA has also cleared that, these medicines have not reported any kind of injury or illness, and this action was taken only to protect the public health from potential harm. FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, in a media release said, “Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that should be properly managed using safe and effective FDA-approved treatments.”

He also said that, “Consumers who buy violative products that claim to be treatments are not only putting themselves at risk but also may not be seeking necessary medical attention, which could affect their diabetes management,” reported Firstpost.

The FDA has noted some harmful natural supplements in the homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines, which were not mentioned on the label. “Undeclared ingredients can cause serious harm,” said the FDA that tested products. They found some ingredients in the medicine, that were found in prescription drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes.

FDA supported its ban, and said that if the consumers are unaware of, what they are consuming, then it can lead to drug interaction with other medications.

FDA said in a letter to Amrutam that, “By marketing your products Diexi and Zoom as ‘all-natural,’ ‘safe and effective’ treatments with ‘no chemically generated compounds,’ consumers are misled to believe your products do not bear unknown risks nor contain APIs found in approved prescription drugs. Accordingly, the failure to disclose the presence of metformin and sildenafil renders these products’ labeling false and misleading.”

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