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Central Florida man ordered to stop peddling drug as herpes cure

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    An Ocala man has agreed to stop selling what he pitched as a "natural herpes medicine," a claim that was never approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, authorities said Friday.

    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa entered a permanent injunction against James R. Hill to prevent the distribution of unapproved drugs masquerading as a cure for the herpes virus, Department of Justice officials said in a news release. Hill agreed to the permanent injunction to settle a pending case against him.

    The department filed a complaint alleging that Hill sold a product, Viruxo Immune Support (Viruxo), that he marketed as a "natural herpes medicine" that can "stop herpes outbreaks," officials said. Although labeled as a dietary supplement, the court found that Viruxo qualifies as an unapproved and misbranded drug because Hill's claims lacked the approval from the FDA that it was safe and effective.

    The complaint alleged that Hill defrauded consumers by promoting Viruxo to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent a disease despite the absence of clinical studies or other credible scientific evidence. Hill made the misleading claims about Viruxo after receiving a warning letter from FDA and the Federal Trade Commission.



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