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Alternatives to HRT elicit a warning

November 14, 2005|From Times wire reports

U.S. regulators said Thursday that they had issued warnings to companies that are promoting unproven "alternative" hormone therapies for women.

The government sent letters to about 50 firms and websites that market supplements and creams as alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, warning them against making baseless claims that the treatments can help with serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.

"It's particularly troublesome when these claims provide false hope to patients with serious or life-threatening conditions," said Margaret Glavin, the Food and Drug Administration's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

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