Health Canada seizes dangerous health products from online retailer

Starting date:
October 18, 2014
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Identification number:
RA-41859

Issue

Health Canada is warning Canadians of the serious risks to health associated with use of the unauthorized drug product Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), which was sold as a treatment for serious diseases such as cancer through the website www.buymms.biz. MMS contains sodium chlorite, which is a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant and may pose serious risks to health if ingested. An alternate format of MMS, labelled as CDS, is also available for sale on the website and would pose a similar risk.

Products affected

1. MMS (28% sodium chlorite and 50% citric acid)

2. CDS (chlorine dioxide 8000 ppm)

What you should do

  • Stop using MMS products immediately.
  • Consult their doctor or pharmacist if they have used or are using MMS products distributed by www.buymms.biz.
  • Report any adverse events to Health Canada.

Who is affected

Canadians who have purchased Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) products on the Internet from www.buymms.biz or any of its previously used company names: www.themmsstore.com, www.miraclemineralsupplement.com, and www.mms1.com.

Background

No drug products containing sodium chlorite have been approved by Health Canada for consumption by humans. Sodium chlorite is authorized in Canada for use as a germicide by veterinarians and as a hard surface disinfectant. Sodium chlorite is commonly used for bleaching textiles, pulp and paper, as well as in the generation of disinfectant for water treatment.

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report side effects to health products to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

What Health Canada is doing

Following an inspection of the business premises, Health Canada seized bottles of MMS, packaging, labelling and raw materials used to produce MMS. Health Canada will continue to monitor this company.

Health Canada notified www.buymms.biz that the sale of MMS products is not permitted under the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations. The company has not taken the necessary steps to come into compliance with regulatory requirements.

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