Warning issued on high-strength hydrogen peroxide

August 7, 2006

Products marketed as "35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide" are among several being targeted by the FDA in a recently issued warning. The agency said the companies selling the potent peroxide are doing so illegally, as the products have never been approved by the FDA in the high concentrations for any purpose.

Warning issued on high-strength hydrogen peroxide

Products marketed as "35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide" are among several being targeted by the FDA in a recently issued warning. The agency said the companies selling the potent peroxide are doing so illegally, as the products have never been approved by the FDA in the high concentrations for any purpose. In fact, the peroxide can cause significant harm if ingested, including the possibility for gastrointestinal irritation or ulceration. The FDA has issued warning letters to two firms selling the 35% solutions on the Internet, claiming their supposed efficacy for the treatment of AIDS, emphysema, cancer, and other diseases. Steven Galson, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, said no one has presented any evidence that taking hydrogen peroxide internally has any medical value. In fact, he said that using the products in the way described on the Web sites could have tragic results.

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