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Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition


Office of Compliance
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy
College Park, MD 20740

October 12, 2006

Brenda Albano
853 Wild Meadow Rd
Grafton, NH 03240

Dear Ms Albano:

This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your websites at the Internet addresses,, and and has determined that the products Vitamin Research Products Biotin 10 mg, Vitamin Research Products Optimum D, and Vitamin Research Products GluControl are promoted for conditions that cause these products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 USC 321(g)(1)]. The therapeutic claims on your website establish that these products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.

Examples of some of the claims observed on your website include:
  • "Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure"
  • "Clinical trials: 31.9% avg. drop in blood sugar within 30 days."
  • "Lower your Blood Sugar"
  • "CarboTone™ is a major breakthrough for diabetes sufferers, helping to lower blood sugar … manage and minimize the adverse effects diabetes. [sic]"
  • "Lower your blood sugar … with the Diabetic Pack!"
  • "Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure"
  • "Clinical trials: 31.9% avg. drop in blood sugar within 30 days."
  • "Lower your Blood Sugar"
  • "CarboTone™ is a major breakthrough for diabetes sufferers, helping to lower blood sugar — manage and minimize the adverse effects diabetes. [sic]"
  • "One of the major active ingredients in CarboTone is Glucosol™. … It has been used for centuries … for high blood-sugar control, to heal mouth ulcers.…"
  • "A clinical study … concluded, "the average blood glucose level dropped 31.9% with a 32 mg glucosol dose per day after 30 days."
  • "Reported Benefits from Glucosol study: Lowering blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics."
  • "Another major active ingredient in CarboTone is Food Matrix Chromium. … When Chromium is supplemented in the form of GTF and it is active in the human body, it will produce the following results: Controls blood glucose. … Reduces arteriosclerosis, increases resistance to infection.…"

Furthermore, your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions, and, therefore, the products are also "new drugs" under section 201(p) of the Act [21 USC 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally marketed in the US without prior approval from FDA as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 USC 355(a)]. FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.

These products are also misbranded within the meaning of Section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use [21 USC 352(f)(1)]

The above violations are not meant to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies in your products and their labeling. While reviewing your website, we noticed that you promoted other products for disease treatment and/or prevention. It is your responsibility to ensure that products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations. We urge you to review your website, product labels, and other labeling and promotional materials for your products to ensure that the claims you make for your products do not cause them to violate the Act.

Failure to promptly correct the violations specified above may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products.

Please advise this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, as to the specific steps you have taken or will be taking to correct these violations, including the steps taken to assure that similar violations do not recur. Include any documentation necessary to show that correction has been achieved. If you cannot complete all corrections before you respond, we expect that you will explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining deviations.

Your reply should be addressed to Kristen Moe, Compliance Officer, US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Division of Compliance and Enforcement (HFS-607), 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy, College Park, MD 20740-3835. If you prefer to respond electronically, send your e-mail to If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact Ms Moe at 301-436-2064.

Joseph R. Baca
Office Director

This page was posted on February 12, 2008.

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