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Blue Ridge Silver Colloidal Silver Supplements Drug-Like Claims Investigation

Can the Colloidal Silver products sold by Blue Ridge Silver treat strep, dementia, and cancer?

Did you buy any of its products believing their drug-like claims?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has written Blue Ridge Silver a Warning letter about drug-like claims it makes for the colloidal silver products it sells on its website.

The problem is that if a substance is marketed as being able to prevent, treat, or cure a disease, then it is considered a drug. And drugs must be approved by the FDA before they are introduced into interstate commerce.

It doesn’t seem to matter if the company uses hedging words, like “may” or even if it’s just citing studies or historical uses of the substance. It seems that the association between product and disease is what counts.

Consider this sampling of what the FDA considered objectionable on the company’s website:

  • In the website’s FAQ section: “Argyrol, a mixture of silver suspended in gelatin, was the first line of defense for American and Allied troops during WWI who were exposed to STDs, especially gonorrhea.”
  • From an article entitled “Colloidal Silver and Mycoplasmas Infections”: The list of disease that can be caused or triggered by mycoplasma infection is long and includes rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) . . . Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer!” Also, “Other mycoplasma-triggered diseases can include Gulf War Syndrome/Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), chemical sensitivity, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s.”
  • From an article entitled, “Colloidal Silver Kills Cancer: Info Resources”: “[T]here are now over 50 medical studies demonstrating silver to be effective against cancer cells (and tumors)…” and “[F]rom time-to-time I get testimonials from readers saying they’ve either cured their cancer, or have gotten their cancer under control … by using colloidal silver.”

The Warning Letter cites two other issues. One is that the company sells colloidal silver in nasals sprays. The FDA says, “Because oral spray products are intended to enter the body directly through the mucosal tissues at the back of the throat, they are not dietary supplements and are not foods.”

Finally, the FDA requires that drugs be labeled with adequate directions for use. But the products at issue “are intended for treatment of one or more diseases that are not amenable to self-diagnosis or treatment without the supervision of a licensed practitioner.” In other words, drugs to treat these diseases should be available only with a prescription.

The FDA has directed the company to remove the drug-like statements about its products.

But what recourse do people have if they’ve already paid money for these supplements because they believed the promises? We’re investigating to see if a class action is needed.

If you bought any of the company’s colloidal silver products, we’d like to know whether you were influenced by the drug-like claims the company made for them. Fill out the form on this page and let us know about your experience.

Article Type: Investigation
Topic: Consumer
No case events.
Tags: Claims Unsupported By Scientific Evidence, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Drug-Like Claims