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Florida federal judge blocks sale of ‘potentially dangerous’ COVID-19 treatment
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Florida federal judge blocks sale of ‘potentially dangerous’ COVID-19 treatment

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a temporary injunction on Friday that halts the sale of an unproven, “potentially dangerous” coronavirus treatment product.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged that Genesis II Church of Health and Healing sold a product called Miracle Mineral Solution, which was sold online and marketed for oral ingestion. When activated, Miracle Mineral Solution creates a bleach product. Genesis claimed that the product could cure, treat or prevent COVID-19, as well as other diseases including Alzheimer’s, autism and HIV/AIDS.

The DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning letter to Genesis on April 8, informing them that they were violating federal laws by distributing unapproved, unproven treatment products. However, Genesis continued to distribute the product as before.

The DOJ filed a civil action on Friday, seeking emergency and preliminary relief from the court. The court entered a temporary injunction to halt the sale of Miracle Mineral Solution.

Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt has said,

The Department of Justice will take swift action to protect consumers from illegal and potentially harmful products being offered to treat COVID-19. We will continue to work closely alongside our partners at the Food and Drug Administration to quickly shut down those selling illegal products during this pandemic.

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