• FDA Cracking Down on Illegal Marketing: Kratom is Not a Cure for Opioid Addiction

    FDA Cracking Down on Illegal Marketing: Kratom is Not a Cure for Opioid Addiction0

    FDA is cracking down on the illegal marketing of Kratom, saying it is not a cure for opioid addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that kratom, an herbal supplement, was a cause of death in 91 fatal overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017.

    Federal health officials issued warnings to two companies that allegedly made unproven claims about the potential health benefits of the supplement.

    The US Food and Drug Administration said that Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina, illegally sold products containing kratom that claimed to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms, among other health conditions that the supplement is not proven to treat.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA targets marketers of kratom for unproven drug claims

    FDA targets marketers of kratom for unproven drug claims0

    Two distributors and marketers of kratom have been flagged by FDA for selling unapproved, misbranded drugs.

    FDA on Tuesday announced warning letters were sent to Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina, because the companies claimed without proof to cure or treat opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

    The companies also make claims regarding the treatment of pain and other medical conditions such as anxiety, cancer and depression, according to an FDA news release.

    Among some of the claims identified by FDA in the recent warning letters:

    • “Kratom acts as a μ-opioid receptor-like morphine.”
       
    • “In fact many people use kratom to overcome opiate addiction.”
       
    • “Of course, people who are using kratom to overcome a preexisting opiate addiction may need to use kratom daily to avoid opiate withdrawal.”
       
    • Usage: It is for the management of chronic pain, as well as recreationally.”

    Cali Botanicals and Kratom NC did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.… Continue reading.

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  • Plant advertised as opioid alternative is target of an FDA warning

    Plant advertised as opioid alternative is target of an FDA warning0

    A plant know for its opiatelike effects is once again the target of a new Food and Drug Administration warning. The agency is letting a Wilmington-based company know that the sales of its Kratom products to treat disorders are illegal and consumers should not use those products because of microbial contamination. Kratom is a tree plant native to Asia and it’s usually marketed as an extract or pill. The FDA says Kratom NC markets their products as a remedy for opiate addiction and withdrawal. Kratom isn’t FDA-approved for those uses, though it’s not aware of any illnesses caused by the products.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA warns kratom makers to stop marketing products with unproven claims

    FDA warns kratom makers to stop marketing products with unproven claims0

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to two kratom marketers that have been accused of illegally selling products with “unproven” claims about the herbal extract’s ability to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal. 

    The warning letters were sent to Cali Botanicals of Folsom, Calif., and Kratom NC of Wilmington, N.C. and are part of a larger effort being made by the FDA to inform consumers of the dangers associated with the use of kratom. 

    The agency said it has already issued many warnings about the risks associated with kratom, but companies are still selling the product and making “deceptive medical claims that are not backed by science or any reliable scientific evidence.” 

    Numerous warnings

    Within the past year, the FDA has found high levels of heavy metals in kratom products and linked kratom products to a multistate salmonella outbreak.… Continue reading.

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  • Supervisors uphold kratom ban

    Supervisors uphold kratom ban0

    Supervisors have decided to uphold their ban on the drug kratom.

    According to the official minutes from the June 3 meeting of the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, Fulton resident and kratom advocate Patrick Sudduth asked supervisors to modify an ordinance they passed in late April that made the possession and sale of the drug, which is derived from the leaves of a tropical tree and frequently mixed with synthetic additives to give it opioid-like properties, a misdemeanor. Similar bans were also passed in Fulton and Mantachie.

    People found in possession of kratom face a $1,000 fine.

    Sudduth asked the board to alter their ordinance to allow Itawamba County residents to legally purchase kratom online.

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  • FDA Warns More Kratom Makers Over Illegal Sales, False Claims

    FDA Warns More Kratom Makers Over Illegal Sales, False Claims0

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to two more companies — Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina — for illegally selling unapproved kratom products, which the companies claim can treat opioid addiction, withdrawal, and a host of other problems including depression, anxiety, and cancer.

    It is the latest push by the FDA to crackdown on “unscrupulous vendors” of unapproved products containing kratom. In March 2018, the agency warned Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado; Kratom Spot of Irvine, California; and Revibe Inc of Kansas City, Missouri, for illegally selling kratom products, as reported by Medscape Medical News.… Continue reading.

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