FDA Warning: Mouthwash Makers Warned for False Plaque, Anticavity Claims

09/29/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY– Johnson & Johnson, CVS and Walgreens have been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease promotion of inaccurate claims that the mouthwash products are effective in removing plaque or preventing gun disease, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

A warning letter was sent to each company, which stated, “These mouth rinse products contain the active ingredient sodium fluoride. The FDA has determined that sodium fluoride is effective in preventing cavities but has not found this ingredient to be effective in removing plaque or preventing gum disease.”

Johnson & Johnson’s “Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash,” CVS’ “CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash” and Walgreen’s “Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action are the products involved in the warning.

Under federal laws, a company cannot claim that its product can treat a disease, unless the FDA has approved the claims.

Deborah Author, director of the Office of Compliance with the FDA said, “It is important for the FDA to take appropriate enforcement action when companies make false or unproven product claims to ensure that consumers are not misinformed or misled.”

At this time there has been no reports of any injuries or adverse health effects due to the mouthwash products.

The companies have 15 days to correct the violations and take “appropriate action”, if they want to avoid product seizure or other civil or criminal penalties.

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