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Makers of LDM-100 to Stop Claiming Antibiotic Effect

Makers of LDM-100 to Stop Claiming Antibiotic Effect

A Utah company behind the popular LDM-100 dietary supplement has agreed to stop claiming that the product has antibacterial effects, after a consumer watchdog group asked the company to support the claim with scientific evidence. The company has been making unfounded claims that LDM-100 can treat serious bacterial infections, which might cause a consumer to choose the herbal treatment over a medicine that is scientifically shown to treat bacterial infections.

LDM-100 is sold by Barlow Herbal Specialties. The supplement contains an extract of the root of Lomatium dissectum. The company claimed that the product had anti-bacterial properties.

They claimed that the extract was a “broad spectrum antibiotic, virastatic, bacteriostatic, fungicidal.” They also claimed that the product could treat influenza, colds, respiratory and urinary tract infections, staph and strep infections, skin infections, and warts.

The advertisements implied that the supplement could treat infections with the same effectivity of pharmaceutical-grade medication.

The consumer advocate group that brought the complaint against the company was the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The NAD was concerned that people would forego medical treatment in favor of treating with LDM-100.

Under U.S. law, the makers of herbal supplements and dietary supplements do not need to provide the FDA with any scientific evidence regarding the safety or effectiveness of a product. However, it is not lawful for a dietary supplement manufacturer to claim that their product can treat specific illnesses. Even so, many products make these claims, often causing people with serious illnesses to treat themselves with supplements and products that simply have no positive effect. Furthermore, because the manufacturers of supplements do not need to review safety information, these supplements can occasionally cause serious illnesses and side effects in users. If you have been injured by a supplement, you may have a lawsuit and be entitled to compensation for your injury.

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