FTC warns of bogus cancer cures

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission has charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for cancer cures. The FTC said Thursday that it has also reached settlements with six others.

Lydia Parnes is the director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection. Parnes says there is no credible scientific evidence that any of the marketed products can prevent, cure, or treat cancer.

One of the settled cases involves a business run by Jim Clark and Carrie Ann Hatcher of Louisville, Ky. The father-daughter pair sold a variety of products online. They agreed to a permanent injunction barring them from marketing and selling the products.

The products some of the companies marketed included teas and other herbal mixtures, and mushroom extracts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jim Location: Kentucky on Nov 18, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    My Attorney Scott wrote: As the attorney for Jim Clark and Carrie Hatcher in this matter, I can tell you that neither of them did anything wrong - except for one thing: They actually believed that you could tell the truth and sell products in this country. I see this a lot in my practice. Perfectly honest and decent individuals - such as Jim and Carrie - think that as long as they tell the truth and honor their contractual arrangements with customers, then they can make whatever honest claims they may. That is unfortunately not the case in "The Land of the Free." Here, if you violate in any way the medical monopoly stranglehold on the American medical community that doctors, the drug industry, and their enforcement arm (the FDA/FTC) have, then look out ! They WILL come after you. That was the unfortunate fate of these two very honest individuals. They sold products that competed with the Pharmaceutical Industry. God forbid that you sell natural remedies. They did not have a single complaint.

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