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Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Central Region
Cincinnati District Office


6751 Steger Dr
Cincinnati, OH 46237-30977
Telephone: 513-679-2700
FAX: 513-679-2761

April 21, 1999

Perry Challenger, Dealer/Advertiser
Something 4U
3599 Esquire Dr
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Ref. No. CIN-WL-99-171

Dear Mr. Challenger:

This letter concerns your promotion of "AmigdalindVitamin B-17" tablets, "Amigdalina" ampules, and "Apricot seeds." While you do not distribute the products yourself, your promotion and activities associate you with the distribution of these products by others, specifically Christian Brothers. As a result, you are also responsible for the distribution of these products.

Labeling for these products make therapeutic claims which cause the products to be drugs [section 201(g) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act]. Labeling is not limited to the immediate product containers but includes all promotional material including the video tape distributed with the Christian Brothers products. According to the video, "world Without Cancer", these products represent different forms of "Vitamin B-17":

"But in its Vitarnin B-17 concentrated and purified form developed by Dr. Krebs for cancer therapy, it's known as Laetrile. For the sake of clarity in this presentation, we shall favor the more simple name, Vitamin B-17."
The video also makes numerous disease claims for "Vitamin B-17" which include: In addition, the book, World Without Cancer, establishes that the three products, "Apricot Seeds," "vitamin B-17," and "Amigdalina" (Amygdalin), are intended for use in the prevention and treatment of cancer. "Intended use" is defined under CFR 201.128. These products are also "new drugs" [section 201(p) of the Act] and they may not be marketed legally in the United States without approved new drug applications [section 505(a) of the Act]. "Apricot seeds, " "Amigdalina/Vitamin B-17" tablets, and "Arnigdalina" (Amygdalin) ampules are also misbranded [section 502(f)(l) of the Act] because the labeling fails to bear adequate directions for use and are false and misleading as it suggests that the products are safe and effective for their intended uses when this has not been established [section 502(a) of the Act].

This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of all labeling and products you promote for Christian Brothers. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products you market and promote are in compliance with the Act and its implementing regulations.

Laetrile is the object of Import Alert #62-01 and continues to be considered an unapproved new drug. In addition, Laetrile is not eligible for importation under the provisions of personal importation. We request that you take prompt action to correct these violations. Failure to correct violations may result in enforcement action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without fi.uther notice.

The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act provides for the seizure of illegal products. Please notify this office in writing within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of this letter as to the specific steps you have taken to correct the stated violations. You should also include an explanation of each step being taken to identifi and make corrections to assure that similar violations will not occur. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which you will implement corrections.

You should reply to Lawrence E. Boyd, Compliance Officer, US Food and Drug Administration, 6751 Steger Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45237. His telephone number is 513-679-2700, extension 167.

Charles W. Sedgwick
Acting District Director

This page was posted on August 20, 2006.

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