Last week televangelist Jim Bakker was hit with a cease and desist order from the New York Attorney General’s office. Now, the FDA and FTC are following suit and have ordered him to “immediately cease making false claims” that his much-touted “Silver Solution” kills the coronavirus, Right Wing Watch reports.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have sent Bakker a letter informing him that he is to “immediately cease making all such claims” and has given him 48 hours to “review your websites, product labels, and other labeling and promotional materials to ensure that you are not representing your products for a COVID-19 related use for which they have not been approved by FDA and that you do not make claims that misbrand the products in violation of the FD&C Act.”
“In addition, it is unlawful under the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq., to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made,” the letter continues. “To make or exaggerate such claims, whether directly or indirectly, through the use of a product name, website name, metatags, or other means, without rigorous scientific evidence sufficient to substantiate the claims, violates the FTC Act.”
Last week the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James sent Bakker a cease and desist order telling him to quit “making misleading claims regarding the Silver Solution’s effectiveness” and warned that further action may be taken if he doesn’t follow through.