Bogus SARS Prevention Products: Buyer Beware

Our SARS news today does not concern the latest number of cases but the fact that bogus SARS treatments are being offered on the Internet. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued warnings to 40 Web sites. These sites offer therapies ranging from dietary supplements to medical devices, in spite of the fact that: "There is no approved treatment or diagnostic test for SARS."

Our Comment: "Let the buyer beware." The best prevention against SARS is good hygiene, including washing hands. And you can't buy that on the Internet.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors,

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