My attorneys say I can’t mention the company's name, or the names of their products until the investigation is finished, but I can say I know this company is selling fraudulent medical cures and using trademarked drug names from Pfizer and other large pharmaceutical companies to advertise those fake cures. We’ve opened one hell of a can of worms here and it feels good
Albany, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2005
It all started when Wayne Perry, president of SiCap Industries, received a phone call from David Bonello of the Minnesota Wellness Directory. Bonello’s non-profit group runs a website (http://www.mnwell.org), covering important stories in the multibillion dollar health & wellness industry.
Bonello was investigating a Florida company accused of peddling fake medical cures over the internet. He explained how this fraudulent company was stealing customer testimonials from SiCap Industries to market a fake Migraine medicine over the internet.
“I was shocked when Dave called me. I pulled up the website and sure enough, there were our testimonials. Some of the names and cities were changed, but everything else was word for word. They stole testimonials compiled from our actual customers. We’ve built our reputation based on a product that really works. It’s a real shame that someone would steal our legitimate testimonials to support their illegitimate scheme,” says Perry.
Wayne's referring to SiCap’s flagship product, “Sinus Buster” the world’s first hot pepper nasal spray. This product has an impeccable reputation for relieving chronic headaches. Though Perry doesn’t profess his Sinus Buster formula to be a “cure,” there are hundreds of doctors and thousands of customers who will tell you it comes very close.
“It took a couple years to build the reputation we have today, and now we’ve got lots of doctors who swear by Sinus Buster. In the beginning, everyone thought we were a joke. Lets face it. Hot pepper up your nose? But it really works and that’s the truth. We’re in nearly a thousand stores now. Sinus Buster is a fantastic natural product that really helps people, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit back and let some bogus company steal our testimonials. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to destroy all internet medical frauds. We plan on using our contacts at the FDA (http://www.fda.gov) and FTC (http://www.ftc.gov) to shut these scammers down for good,” boasts Perry.
After looking into this elusive internet company, Perry found they were peddling three fraudulent cures on four different websites -- each complete with fake photos and testimonials from doctors and patients who never existed. Perry was shocked to see bogus cures for Migraines, Influenza and most disturbingly, Cancer.
In their advertising, this Florida based company actually discourages sick people from seeking proven medical treatments in favor of their ($150 per bottle) sugar pill. Moreover, experts believe the pills are most likely private labeled multi-vitamins or possibly sugar pills.
“I was pissed when I saw what they were claiming about curing cancer. They were telling cancer patients to stop chemo treatments and take their pill instead. They were guaranteeing 100% cures for almost every kind of cancer you can think of. They actually say their pill is Camptosar, a Pfizer drug used for treatming colon cancer, but it’s clearly not Camptosar. According to Pfizer, Camptosar is only used to treat colon cancer, and it’s not intended to be a cure for any cancer. It’s a good drug, but it’s not for sale by anyone except Pfizer and it's prescription. The real Camptosar is also an injection not a pill. Pfizer oughta sue these bastards. I know SiCap will,” proclaims Perry.
Although SiCap Industries is correct about this fraudulent company’s activities, they cannot name the perpetrators directly in this article because it may compromise the present legal investigation headed by federal authorities.
“My attorneys say I can’t mention the company's name, or the names of their products until the investigation is finished, but I can say I know this company is selling fraudulent medical cures and using trademarked drug names from Pfizer and other large pharmaceutical companies to advertise those fake cures. We’ve opened one hell of a can of worms here and it feels good,” says Perry.
Once Perry’s initial information was presented to the board of directors, SiCap Industries immediately contacted the FDA. The company is presently working with special investigators to close down this internet scammer as fast as possible, but company officials do admit bureaucracy does take time. Until then, SiCap officials say the best advice is to be wary of health products making claims that seem too good to be true.
“We’ve started looking at other products on the web and there’s lots of false claims being made out there. There are bogus products all over the web and people need to be extremely careful. If there’s a product you’re interested in, talk to your doctor to see if it’s any good. There’s also lots of free research info on the web, but there’s a lot of bogus stuff too. You’ve got to turn to trusted sources for correct information. For general medical info, go to WebMD at(http://www.webmd.com). To check out clinical studies, go to the National Library Of Medicine at (http://www.pubmed.gov). Just play it safe and research every claim. And remember you can't dismiss the entire natural medicine industry based on a few rotten apples. When we find rotten apples, we’ll get rid of them for the good of our industry,” adds Perry.
To back up their words, SiCap Industries has officially launched a campaign to expose medical frauds on the internet. The company is presently recruiting volunteers to email anonymous tips and monitor possible frauds. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All tips will be investigated thoroughly and held as confidential. Legitimate tips will be forwarded to the FDA, or other relevant government agencies. SiCap Industries also intends to follow up on every tip making certain fraudulent websites are effectively shut down.