Alex Jones Is Being Told By The FDA To Stop Peddling Fake Coronavirus Cures On His Show
Conspiracy theorist firebrand Alex Jones, host of the controversial and frequently errant Infowars radio program, was warned by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday against peddling sponsors of his show as being potential methods for viewers to prevent contracting coronavirus.
Jones is known for pushing conspiratorial ideas that lack any basis in merit, including that the Sandy Hook shooting was a “false flag” event orchestrated by the government and paid actors.
In recent shows, Jones has suggested that toothpaste and mouthwash products from Nano Silver, one of his show’s sponsors, is used by the Pentagon to prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19.
Here are Jones’s words from his March 10 program this year:
“The patented Nano Silver [toothpaste] we have, the Pentagon has come out and documented, and Homeland Security have said, this stuff kills the whole SARS corona family, at point-blank range. Well, of course it does, it kills every virus. But, they found that, this is 13 years ago, and the Pentagon uses the product we have.”
Nano Silver has made the claim that it is “Pentagon-verified” for several years. In 2014, the FDA sent warnings to the company against claiming it could protect customers from Ebola.
Stop the #COVID19 snake oil scammers—like Alex Jones—exploiting widespread anxiety & anguish. Bottom feeders are hawking fake remedies that have serious side effects. Hardly harmless: Beware. https://t.co/8peCPEZ9pk
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) April 10, 2020
In its letter to Jones this week, the FDA warned that Jones had to immediately stop making the false claims, and to correct or remove the videos available on his website that include the bogus assertions.
FDA letters like these are not legally binding documents, but they can serve as warnings to recipients that they could face legal action from the federal government if they don’t correct their misstatements.