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May 10, 2016: Beware of Illegal Fake Diabetes Drug, Says FDA

Fake Diabetes Drug

In a May 10, 2016 Consumer Update, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a warning to the public, highlighting the need for consumers to be skeptical of  products promising to prevent, treat, and even cure diabetes.  If a consumer trades the FDA-approved diabetes for an illegally marketed diabetes treatment, the consequences could be dire.

The danger of illegitimate diabetes drugs lie in the products’ mysterious nature. These non-FDA-approved products may contain harmful ingredients or may improperly be marketed as over-the-counter products when they should be marketed as prescription products. There is a risk the drugs may be illegal, mis-labeled, counterfeit, contaminated, expired, or otherwise unsafe.

Illegally marketed products could cause people to delay or discontinue effective treatments for diabetes; Without proper disease management, people with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing serious health complications.

Commander with the U.S. Public Health Service Cautions Consumers to Fake Diabetes Drug

“People with chronic or incurable diseases may feel desperate and become easy targets.” said Jason Humbert, a commander with the U.S. Public Health Service, of FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. “Failure to follow well-established treatment plans can lead to, among other things, amputations, kidney disease, blindness, and death.”

Unapproved Fake Diabetes Drugs

The FDA issued warnings to various companies that illegally market products for diabetes. These products were marketed as dietary supplements; alternative medicines, such as ayurvedics; prescription drugs; over-the-counter drugs; and homeopathic products.


More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, including about 7 million who are undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Millions more have pre-diabetes, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels and can reduce their risks of developing diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise.


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