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Cyber warning for herbal products promoter – Updates – Mr. Xoch Linnebank

Cyber warning for herbal products promoter – Updates – Mr. Xoch Linnebank – Brief Article

The FDA has issued a warning to a Web site operator for promoting and selling an herbal product called Yellow Jackets. The product was being promoted as an alternative to illicit street drugs, and could pose a serious risk to consumers. The warning, called a cyber letter, is an e-mail sent by the agency to notify the company of potential violations. The FDA issued the cyber letter to the Internet address of Mr. Xoch Linnebank of the Netherlands.

According to Linnebank’s Web site, the Yellow Jackets product contains ephedra and other herbal ingredients, including kola nut extract (a source of caffeine). There does not appear to be any legitimate drug use for this product, and its sale as a substitute for a controlled substance would be illegal. “Consumers should not purchase or use these or similar products available through the Internet or elsewhere,” says FDA Deputy Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Cyber letters give foreign Web site operators an explanation of statutory provisions that govern interstate commerce of drugs in the United States. The letters also warn that future shipments of products may be detained at the border and subject to refusal of entry. Copies of each letter are sent to regulatory officials in the country in which the Web site operator is based.

A document called “Guidance for Industry: Street Drug Alternatives,” which explains the FDA’s policy on products that are promoted as street drug alternatives, is available at www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/3602fnl.htm.

Consumers who want more information about online drug sales, or who wish to report Web sites that they believe are promoting illegal products, can contact the FDA at www.fda.gov/oc/ buyonline/.

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