Viosan Health Generation Making Shady Claims

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Novasan LLC, headquartered in Naples, Florida, markets nutritional supplements under the Viosan brand name. Its stated mission is to "improve the health of its customers by offering a line of the highest quality, therapeutic dosage nutritional supplements, targeting core health issues." [1] I learned of its existence while investigating the activities of Rick Scott, whose Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR) group is working against health reform [2]. The Florida Secretary of State corporate database indicates that Scott identified himself as manager when he registered Novasan in Florida.

Viosan lists seven health professionals on its advisory board: Ross Podell, MD (internist), Elliott Leitman, MD (orthopedist), Neal Skop, MD (cardiologist), Ken Fitzpatrick, MD (urologist), Robert Ruggiero, MD (orthopedist), Harris Greenberger, DPM (podiatrist), and Denise Butler, DC (a chiropractor).

The Viosan site displays eleven products with multiple ingredients and a 4-page "reference guide" with tidbits about each ingredient. Under federal law, it is illegal to market dietary supplements with unapproved claims that they can treat, prevent, cure, or mitigate disease. The site contains the federally required disclaimer that the products are "not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease." However, the reference guide includes lots of disease-related language that suggests otherwise and, in my opinion, makes the claims illegal:

Viosan's Web site intrigued me because Scott recently achieved notoriety for flooding the airwaves with 30-second TV spots that warn against government-based insurance reform. Scott wants Americans to believe that our government can't be trusted to run a health-care system and that he knows how to do things better [3]. His involvement in the marketing of questionable supplement products is additional evidence that he does not.

References

  1. About us. Viosan Web site, accessed Aug 12, 2009.
  2. Ingredient cross reference guide. Viosan Web site, accessed Aug 12, 2009.
  3. Barrett S. A skeptical look at Rick Scott and his Conservatives for Patients' Rights propaganda machine. Quackwatch, Aug 14, 2009.

This article was posted on August 14, 2009.

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