Federal judge prevents sale of industrial bleach equivalents to treat COVID-19
A federal court has entered a temporary injunction against the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing and four individuals associated with the entity requiring them to immediately stop distributing its Miracle Mineral Solution, according to a statement released last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to the agency, the solution is an unproven and potentially harmful treatment that was offered for sale to treat the coronavirus, including the novel (COVID-19).
In granting the government’s request for relief, the court found that the United States has demonstrated that Genesis and the associated individuals named in the injunction are violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) by unlawfully distributing the product. When combined with the included activator, the solution has a chlorine dioxide content equivalent to industrial bleach, the agency said.
The court also found that there is a danger that the defendants will continue violating the law without the temporary restraining order.
The FDA, jointly with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), previously issued a warning letter to Genesis and the FDA has warned consumers not to purchase or drink chlorine dioxide products sold as medical treatments.
The FDA said it continues to monitor social media, online marketplaces, and incoming complaints to help ensure that sellers do not continue to sell fraudulent products related to COVID-19.