FDA warns televangelist Jim Bakker and six others to stop selling fraudulent coronavirus products

  
Via:  Split Personality  •  3 months ago  •  26 comments


FDA warns televangelist Jim Bakker and six others to stop selling fraudulent coronavirus products
The FDA has issued warning letters to seven companies for reportedly selling fraudulent coronavirus treatment products. The products at the center of the warning letters include teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver.

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Televangelist Jim Bakker and wife, Lori, attend the ceremony honoring BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 20, 2011 in Hollywood.

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The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has sent warning letters to televangelist Jim Bakker and six companies for selling unapproved coronavirus drugs and treatment products. 

“The FDA considers the sale and promotion of fraudulent COVID-19 products to be a threat to the public health. We have an aggressive surveillance program that routinely monitors online sources for health fraud products, especially during a significant public health issue such as this one,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in announcing the enforcement actions.




The products include teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver, which have been cited as not safe or effective for treating any disease, the agency said in a statement with the Federal Trade Commission. 

The FDA said it was particularly worried that the products may cause people to delay or stop appropriate treatment, “leading to serious and life-threatening harm.”

There are currently no vaccines or approved drugs to treat or prevent the coronavirus, which has infected at least 566 people in the United States, killing at least 22, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James previously issued a cease-and-desist order to Jim Bakker of “The Jim Bakker Show.” Bakker did not immediately reply to a CNBC request for comment.


Bakker was convicted in 1989 on multiple counts of fraud for stealing millions in a fundraising efforts for “The PTL Club.” He was released after serving five years in prison and returned to TV in 2003 with “The Jim Bakker Show.”


The companies have two days to respond to the warning letter with specific steps they have taken to correct the violations, according to the statement. 

The FDA said it has established a cross-agency task force dedicated to closely monitoring marketplaces for fraudulent products related to COVID-19. According to the FDA, the task force and other major retailers and online marketplaces have already removed more than three dozen listings of fraudulent treatment products. 



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Split Personality
1  seeder  Split Personality    3 months ago

One can only suppose that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 
 
 
lady in black
2  lady in black    3 months ago

What's sad is people believing any of it, especially Jim Bakker, didn't he learn his lesson, I hope the ghost of Tammy bitch slaps him!

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  lady in black @2    3 months ago

Didn't she die from mascara overdoses?

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    3 months ago

... decades of inhaling the aerosol propellant in black spray paint.

 
 
 
lady in black
2.1.2  lady in black  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    3 months ago

No, cancer.

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.3  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  lady in black @2.1.2    3 months ago

Ahhh, I was sorry to read about that.  I knew Tammy Faye's  appearance changed many times while she fought colon cancer in 1996.  Apparently the cancer returned to her lungs in 2004 and she passed in 2007.

I thought the woman in the picture was Tammy from better days, but it is a new wife, Lori,  in 2011.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.3    3 months ago

She sure looks a lot like Tammy Faye, doesn't she?

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     3 months ago

Once a con man always a con man.

 
 
 
devangelical
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @3    3 months ago

he must miss the concrete condo lifestyle, and some very close friends he had there...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @3.1    3 months ago

I've always been partial to bars separating me from my neighbors

 
 
 
Ender
4  Ender    3 months ago

What floors me is he calls himself a 'Christian' person all the while defrauding his audience to make a buck.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5  JohnRussell    3 months ago

Jim Bakker sells doomsday prepper food by the vat. 

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1  devangelical  replied to  JohnRussell @5    3 months ago

a 5 gallon bucket of doomsday macaroni and powdered cheese for $175,... plus shipping. sweet gig. now all you need is 150 gallons of uncontaminated water to cook it. seems as though I remember seeing it came in a sealed plastic bucket stating a shelf life of 3 months once opened, and a no return policy, probably to discourage peeking by gullible purchasers.

"A project of People for the American Way" ......... bwah ha ha ha, it certainly is.........

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @5.1    3 months ago

You can stock up on about a dozen cases of the blue box from Sam's for a lot less. And I think it has a longer shelf life

 
 
 
TᵢG
5.2  TᵢG  replied to  JohnRussell @5    3 months ago

This disgusts me beyond words.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6  Paula Bartholomew    3 months ago

The FDA should prosecute all of them for false advertising and fraud.

 
 
 
Ender
6.1  Ender  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    3 months ago

Giving them a chance to clean up there act is not even a slap on the wrist.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Ender @6.1    3 months ago

I am talking serious jail time, not a slap on the wrist.

 
 
 
PJ
6.1.2  PJ  replied to  Ender @6.1    3 months ago

It's standard practice to send a warning letter and outline exactly what the violation is.  Otherwise, the company/person can claim they didn't know.  It's a process.  

 
 
 
Tacos!
7  Tacos!    3 months ago

These predators are the ones who should get the virus.

 
 
 
TᵢG
8  TᵢG    3 months ago

Once a slimebag always a slimebag.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
9  Paula Bartholomew    3 months ago

Is it me or does the woman in the picture look like Tammy Fay with blonde hair?

 
 
 
Tacos!
9.1  Tacos!  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @9    3 months ago

You're not wrong. He clearly has a type.

 
 
 
Split Personality
9.1.1  seeder  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @9.1    3 months ago

I will have to fix the article somehow.

The woman in the picture is identified as his wife Lori, in 2011.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
9.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tacos! @9.1    3 months ago

At least this one doesn't apply her make up with a trowel.

 
 
 
Ronin2
10  Ronin2    3 months ago

In case anyone is interested- here is a list of the other companies.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/09/health/fda-letter-coronavirus-cures.html

The companies that received the warnings were   Vital Silver ;   Quinessence Aromatherapy ;   Xephyr (N-Ergetics );   GuruNanda ;   Vivify Holistic Clinic ;   Herbal Amy ; and   The Jim Bakker Show , a joint statement said. The products cited in the letters were teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver. The companies were asked to describe within 48 hours what they had done to correct the violations, or be subjected to legal action such as seizures or injunctions,   the statement said . A task force had already worked with retailers and online marketplaces “to remove more than three dozen listings of fraudulent Covid-19 products,” it added.
 
 
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