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FDA Takes Enforcement Action Against Dietary Supplement Manufacturer


The US Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the US Department of Justice, is seeking a permanent injunction against the dietary supplement manufacturer James G. Cole, Inc., its president, James G. Cole, and its general manager, Julie D. Graves, following the company’s repeated distribution of unapproved drugs and adulterated dietary supplements in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA reported the complaint in a press statement on Oct. 21.

If granted, the injunction would stop the company, based in Hood River, Ore., from promoting and distributing its products until it complies with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements for dietary supplements and all disease claims are removed from its websites, product labels, and all other products and websites under Cole’s custody and control.

“This company has ignored the multiple warnings they have been issued by the FDA by continuing to make unsubstantiated drug claims about the products it sells and by failing to conform to the cGMP requirements for dietary supplements,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We are taking this action to protect the public health.”

In a press statement, FDA reports that James G. Cole, Inc. has marketed products online and has claimed that the dietary supplement products treat medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and high cholesterol. Under federal law, products offered for such uses are considered to be drugs, in that they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

The company’s dietary supplement products have been unlawfully marketed as drugs that have not been approved by the FDA for their claimed uses. The products include PCA, PCA-Rx, C-60, ACAI Resveratrol, Cytomune, Anavone, Liver Rescue, Probiotics, and several other products, which are marketed under the brand names Maxam Labs, Advanced Sports Nutrition, and Maxam Nutraceutics.

Additionally, during inspections of James G. Cole’s facility in 2012 and 2013, the FDA found that the company distributed dietary supplements that were not manufactured in accordance with the cGMP requirements for dietary supplements. For example, the company did not establish an identity specification for each component and did not conduct at least one appropriate test to verify the identity of a dietary ingredient.

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division.

Source: FDA

 

 

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