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Anatabloc manufacturer to voluntarily stop sales

By Nicole Weddington     Aug 14, 2014 in Politics
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the maker of a dietary supplement that has caused significant controversy recently, since the FDA has informed the company “that it was marketing the supplement in violation to federal regulations.”
The FDA’s primary concern with their promotion of the supplement was that the company said on its website that it could serve as treatment for several diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis, which was unfounded and went against FDA policies.
It came under fire during the corruption trial of Virginia ex-Governor Bob McDonnell, and there are no plans to bring back the supplement to the marketplace.
Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been accused of taking $165,000 worth of “gifts and loans” as compensation for heavy promotion of Anatabloc. The unlawful trade was made possible by Jonnie Williams, former CEO of Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, when it was still known as Star Scientific.
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals reported that its net sales mainly consisting of Anatabloc decreased by a whopping 63 percent — or $1.83 million — during the first half of this year, due to a massive reduction of promotional campaigns.
This is just one of many hardships that the company has had to endure, as it has been continually losing money for 11 years.
This is in contrast to other supplement companies which are seeing a boom in the industry. Purblack Shilajit, for example, is one supplement which has solid scientific data behind it and is shown to work on scores of happy customers.
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals was once a manufacturer of “dissolvable tobacco products” and later switched to dietary supplements; that alone should have been cause for concern. It was selling 300 lozenges of Anatabloc for $100 and various facial creams for around $300.
As a result of their misleading promotional information, a lawsuit with the potential to become a class action was filed in Illinois federal court, the company being labeled as a defendant under both its former and current names.
The world of dietary supplements is rife with misleading information and facts that are not backed by any sort of scientific evidence; these are commonly snake oil salespeople just looking to make a quick buck from people who are gullible enough to buy what they’re offering.
Hopefully lawsuits such as this one and other recent ones will crack down on these frauds and prevent them from causing harm to vast portions of the population.
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