Cofepris recently issued a health alert about a deceptive product called D-norm, which claims to relieve symptoms of diabetes. The Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) warned that D-norm is being advertised as a dietary supplement with medicinal properties, but it does not have the necessary health registration.
The product label indicates that D-norm contains extracts of cinnamon bark, bitter melon, banana leaf, neem, nopal, moringa, white oak, chromium, gelatin, and magnesium stearate. However, the manufacturer has not provided evidence that these ingredients increase total dietary intake, so they cannot be considered a dietary supplement.
Cofepris has prohibited the marketing of D-norm by any means and urged the population to file a health complaint if they have information about its illegal sale. The manufacturer of D-norm has not presented studies that support its safety, efficacy, and quality, and the origin of the ingredients, sanitary conditions, manufacturing processes, storage, and transportation are unknown.
Another deceptive product that Cofepris warned about is Biadit, which is advertised as a dietary supplement with therapeutic and rehabilitative properties against diabetes. The health authority warned that Biadit could contain elements that, in combination with some medications, can be toxic. Additionally, Biadit contains ingredients that should not be used in dietary supplements, according to the Herbal Pharmacopeia of the United Mexican States (FHEUM).
Most deceptive products are advertised as dietary supplements but do not meet the requirements to be considered as such. According to Cofepris, a food supplement “increases total dietary intake, complements it, or replaces some component” and must provide proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and/or minerals. Its contents are herbs, plant extracts, traditional, dehydrated foods, or fruit concentrates.
The presentations allowed for sale are capsule, emulsion, suspension, syrup, powder, solutions, and tablets. On the contrary, its marketing in the form of confectionery, patches, or injectable solution is prohibited. The authority insists that products of this type are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or alleviate symptoms of any disease, nor are they useful for weight loss or aphrodisiac use.
It is important to be alert when purchasing any product that is marketed as a dietary supplement and verify that it truly is. It is also important if you suffer from an illness not to ingest products that were not prescribed by a health professional, since there is a risk of suffering adverse effects when combining substances. If you detect the sale of any of these fraudulent products, it is important to report it to Cofepris, by telephone at 01 800 033 50 50 or online, from the agency’s portal.
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