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Louisiana supplement maker agrees to stop selling unapproved drugs

Pick and Pay/Cili Minerals products were presented as cures or preventatives for diseases

A Louisiana company has been ordered by a federal court to stop selling misbranded, unapproved, and adulterated drugs and dietary supplements. Pick and Pay, Inc./Cili Minerals LLC had claimed that its products could cure or prevent a variety of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis.

“Dietary supplement manufacturers endanger public health when they make unsupported claims about unapproved drugs,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice and FDA will continue to work together to protect the public from unapproved, adulterated and misbranded products, and to ensure that dietary supplement manufacturers furnish accurate information to consumers about the purity and contents of their products.”

The products at issue include ADD-Ease, Bone Structure, CilZinCo, Calcium, Boron, Potassium, Cilver, Sulfur, and Germanium. 

According to the complaint, several FDA inspections between 2012 and 2016 allegedly revealed that the defendants failed to ensure the identity, purity, strength, and composition of their finished products.

The complaint further alleges the defendants violated the FDCA by failing to manufacture products in accordance with FDA’s current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for dietary supplements, which require manufacturers to have systems in place to ensure that their products meet specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition. 

“Consumers deserve to know that the dietary supplements they ingest are safe and comply with the law,” said U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley for the Western District of Louisiana. “When manufacturers and distributors market and distribute misbranded and adulterated products, the Justice Department will take affirmative steps to protect consumers."

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