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FDA Warns Against Swine Flu Scam Products

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The Food and Drug Administration is warning against people trying to cash in during the swine flu outbreak.  They're looking into at least 20 websites that may be fraudulently marketing products that claim to prevent or cure the swine flu.

Three products have already been listed as unapproved on the FDA's website.  One of those was a swine flu protection pack, which included shampoo, lotion, and soap for $200.  The FDA contacted them, and the kit has since been taken down. 

FDA staff say any products claiming to do something must be approved by them or can't be marketed with false claims.

Only two products have been approved to treat swine flu: Tamiflu and Relenza.  The best thing you can do to protect yourself is wash your hands.

If you come across any products claiming to cure swine flu, the FDA wants you to report them.   Look at the menu above and click "On Air Link" for a link to the FDA's website, where you can report them and keep up to date with products that are approved.

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