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Immunitor ban backed by NGOs: FDA urged to be vigilant on misuse


NGOs working with Aids and people living with Aids/HIV yesterday backed the Food and Drug Administration's ban on the food additive V1-Immunitor.

In their statement, the NGOs urged the FDA to continue using its powers to protect the rights of people living with Aids/HIV. They said the backers of V1-Immunitor had misled HIV-infected people into believing that the pills could cure Aids. That could deprive them of a chance to seek proper treatment.

Kamol Uppakaew, leader of the network for people living with Aids/HIV, said people with Aids/HIV should seek treatment at state hospitals.

HIV-cocktail anti-viral drugs sold by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation had proven effective in fighting the virus. "The price begins at 1,300 baht a month. There is no need to risk your health on substandard and unproven treatment," he said.

The creators of V1-Immunitor were forced to register it as a food supplement because their claims could not be proven. The FDA banned the manufacture and distribution of V1-Immunitor after finding that advertisements were promoting its medicinal benefits.


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Information in this article was accurate in April 27, 2003. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.