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Fed Agencies Flag Ex-NFLer For Claiming CBD Cures Virus

Law360 (April 1, 2020, 8:38 PM EDT) — A former NFL player’s CBD company has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly claiming the company’s products can treat or cure COVID-19.

The agencies said in their joint letter Tuesday that Neuro XPF — which was founded by former NFL offensive lineman Kyle Turley — featured misleading statements about its cannabidiol products on its website in light of the global pandemic, claiming among other things that CBD has the potential to “prepare your body to fight a coronavirus infection.” The statements violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, according to the letter.

“Any coronavirus-related prevention or treatment claims regarding such products are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence,” the agencies said in the letter.

The agencies requested that Neuro XPF stop selling the unapproved products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis or cure of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The company was required to correct the violations within 48 hours or risk legal action, including seizure and injunction, according to the letter.

The FTC declined to comment on the letter. The FDA and Neuro XPF did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

“Crush Corona!” read one statement on the company’s social media pages, according to the letter. “Your best defense against the COVID-19 blitz starts with a strong immune system. It’s what protects your body from the everyday attacks of bacteria, viruses, parasites and a host of other nasties.”

According to the letter, another statement on the company’s website read: “While scientists around the world are working 24/7 to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it will take many more months of testing before it’s approved and available. However, there’s something you can do right now to strengthen your immune system. Take CBD.”

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Published: April 02, 2020

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