A federal court on Friday ordered a Georgian company to stop selling vitamin D products it says could cure and treat COVID-19.
Matthew Ryncarz is accused of selling vitamin D products that he believes could cure or treat COVID-19 such as “Immune Shot”, “Immune Boost” and “Core” through his companies Fusion Ionz and Fusion Health and Vitality, doing business as Pharm Origines.
Ryncarz pleaded guilty in a related case last September and admitted that his product “Immune Shot” falsely claimed it could help fight COVID-19.
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Prosecutors said he used aggressive arguments to target older consumers by telling them, “The NEXT FIVE MINUTES could save your life” and “We’re giving you the exclusive price of just $ 19 per bottle because we know that Immune Shot could be the most important formula in the WORLD right now due to the new pandemic. ”
Last November, Fusion Health and Vitality recalled its CORE and Immune Boost products. According to the company, the labeling on Immune Boost “turned out to contain statements that led to it becoming [an] new drug not approved under FDA labeling laws, ”and CORE had an unapproved food additive called hordenine HCl which is potentially dangerous when swallowed.
Pharm Origins did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
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Prosecutors say Ryncarz and his company violated federal food, drug and cosmetic law by selling unapproved products and making unproven claims about diseases they can treat.
“The Justice Department will not allow individuals to take advantage of consumers during a public health emergency by making unproven claims about unapproved drugs to take advantage of the public panic,” Assistant Deputy Attorney General Daniel said on Friday. J. Feith.