Western Governments are closely following possible abuses by pharmaceutical companies encouraged by the justified fear of the possible effects of the pandemic, now in full force in western countries.
In this respect, last Monday Federal officials made public severe measures against companies offering the sale of drugs claiming to prevent, treat or cure coronavirus.
The following excerpt, interesting from a bioethical perspective, is from an article published in The Washington Post:
“The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to seven companies accusing them of marketing illegal, unapproved drugs and making deceptive or scientifically unsupported claims. It was the first time the agencies took such action involving products being touted for the coronavirus.”The targeted products include teas, essential oils and colloidal silver.
Federal officials made it clear that “There is no cure or treatment for covid-19” “Treatments and vaccines are in the early stages of development and haven’t been fully tested for safety and effectiveness. The only treatment available is supportive care — such as providing oxygen for people who are having trouble breathing.” (read more HERE).
From a bioethical point of view, the severe warnings sent to the companies by the American agencies preserve the confidence of the pubic opinion in the health care system.