FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

( CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer.

On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and narcotic market issued cautioning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.”

“There’s a couple of issues here, ” Jason Humbert, a regulatory operations policeman in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, told CNN. “The FDA’s role is to review and evaluate products for safety and effectiveness, especially products that are intended for the therapy of a disease like cancer. Cancer requires the supervision of a licensed health care provider.”

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