Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
6751 Steger Dr
April 21, 1999
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
Perry Challenger, Dealer/Advertiser
3599 Esquire Dr
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Ref. No. CIN-WL-99-171
Dear Mr. Challenger:
This letter concerns your promotion of "AmigdalindVitamin B-17" tablets, "Amigdalina" ampules, and "Apricot seeds." While you do not distribute the products yourself, your promotion and activities associate you with the distribution of these products by others, specifically Christian Brothers. As a result, you are also responsible for the distribution of these products.
Labeling for these products make therapeutic claims which cause the products to be drugs [section 201(g) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act]. Labeling is not limited to the immediate product containers but includes all promotional material including the video tape distributed with the Christian Brothers products. According to the video, "world Without Cancer", these products represent different forms of "Vitamin B-17":
"But in its Vitarnin B-17 concentrated and purified form developed by Dr. Krebs for cancer therapy, it's known as Laetrile. For the sake of clarity in this presentation, we shall favor the more simple name, Vitamin B-17."The video also makes numerous disease claims for "Vitamin B-17" which include:
- "The degree to which these people [eskimos] are free from cancer is in direct proportion to the amount of nitrilosides or Vitamin B-17 found in their natural diets. … Not one of these has ever been known to contract cancer";
- "The real cause of cancer is a vitamin and enzyme deficiency … Specific carcinogens do not cause cancer";
- "The reality of the Vitamin B- 17 concept of cancer has been proven in the laboratory beyond doubt";
- "Today it's not uncommon to administer 2 or 3 grams in a single injection [of Laetrile]. Generally, 30-40 grams are required before the patient reports tangible signs of improvement";
- What evidence to support that Laetrile works? The health records of Eskimos and other groups are statistically conclusive that B-17 does control cancer in human beings with effectiveness approaching 100%. There can be little controversy over that";
- Can B-17 restore a person to health after he has contracted the disease? The answer is yes if it's caught in time and if the patient isn't too badly damaged by X-rays and toxic drugs.
- Unfortunately, most cancer victims start taking Laetrile only after their disease is so far advanced that they've been given up as hopeless by routine medical channels … If they die, and many do, they are counted as statistical failures for Laetrile … once a deficiency disease has progressed so fiir, the darnage it has done simply can't be reversed … A patient can have his cancer destroyed by B-17 and still die horn the damage to his vital organs";
- Of those who presently are healthy with no clinical cancer at all, close to one-hundred percent can expect to be free from cancer as long as they routinely obtain adequate amounts of vitamin B- 17 and presuming they are not … subjected to an unnatural exposure to carcinogenic agents such as massive radiation";
- Once Vitamin B-17 is as widely understood and available as other vitamins, cancer will be as rare as scurvy or pellagra today. When nitrilosides are used perhaps as a routine seasoning to our food, like iodized table salt, then the battle [against cancer] will finally be won … It's an objective that can be reached by anyone who acts on this knowledge. You and your family can now become secure from cancer".
This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of all labeling and products you promote for Christian Brothers. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products you market and promote are in compliance with the Act and its implementing regulations.
Laetrile is the object of Import Alert #62-01 and continues to be considered an unapproved new drug. In addition, Laetrile is not eligible for importation under the provisions of personal importation. We request that you take prompt action to correct these violations. Failure to correct violations may result in enforcement action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without fi.uther notice.
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act provides for the seizure of illegal products. Please notify this office in writing within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of this letter as to the specific steps you have taken to correct the stated violations. You should also include an explanation of each step being taken to identifi and make corrections to assure that similar violations will not occur. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which you will implement corrections.
You should reply to Lawrence E. Boyd, Compliance Officer, US Food and Drug Administration, 6751 Steger Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45237. His telephone number is 513-679-2700, extension 167.
Charles W. Sedgwick
Acting District Director
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