The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged several sellers of products with cannabidiol (CBD) to stop marketing their products as able to treat or prevent COVID-19. The letters, sent by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), emphasize that “FDA is taking urgent measures to protect consumers from certain products that, without approval or authorization by FDA, claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people.” The targeted CBD Sellers—including Indigo Naturals, Native Roots Hemp, CBD Online Store and Nova Botanix LTD—market their products with claims ranging from “boosting the immune system” to providing stress relief “when everyone else is panicking.” The letters urge the companies to respond within 48 hours to a CDER COVID-19 Task Force email address.

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