The Hill, August 15, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about fake drugs, vaccines and supplements being sold online as treatments to cure or prevent Ebola. The regulatory agency issued an alert Thursday reminding consumers that only the FDA has authority to approve a drug or vaccine, and has not yet approved any products as a treatment for the disease. The warning comes amid a massive outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has killed over a thousand people in West Africa. "Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the FDA has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection," said the agency.