The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission said Friday that they are going after scam artists taking advantage of the swine flu scare to sell worthless, even dangerous "remedies."
Consumers who treat the swine flu virus (also known as H1N1) with unapproved products "risk their health and the health of their families," said Michael Chappell, acting FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.
The two agencies have adopted "an aggressive strategy to identify, investigate, and take regulatory or criminal action" against peddlers of unapproved products, he said.
An Internet search turned up sites selling colloidal silver, which is basically water that includes silver particles. The ads say the swine flu virus can be killed by washing the skin and even the hair with the stuff.