Last week the FDA issued a warning letter to the owner of Melanocorp, Inc. based in Hendersonville, Tennessee for its illegal marketing and sale of Melanotan II.
Melanotan II has never received FDA approval. The company alleges in its illegal marketing claims that Melanotan II can prevent skin cancer.
Melanotan II is an injectable drug that is supposed to tan skin, according to its website that both markets and sells the drug (“drug” defined by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act). As a drug, its safety and claims to effectiveness have not been analyzed by FDA scientists. Because it hasn’t been tested, it is illegal to sell online. FDA officials have also cautioned consumers about injecting any substance, especially those without FDA approval, unless under the advice of a certified physician.
As of this writing, available information about Melanotan II appears to be from the company itself, including the article on Melanotan II on Wikipedia (the online, open-source encyclopedia resource). Melanocorp, Inc.’s official site has for the time being removed its website advertising Melanotan II, though FDA spokespeople believe other sites might still sell the potentially dangerous product. Wikipedia editors plan to soon remove the misleading information (considered advertising) about this skin tanning product.
If Melanocorp’s shady marketing schemes and misleading advertisement have led to your or a loved one’s injury, we’d like to help get you the recoveries you deserve. Check out HHP’s dangerous drug law page or contact us immediately at 615.353.0930 or toll free at 800.705.2121.