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Attorney General Myers Warns Consumers of Internet Remedies for Biological Agents

October 16, 2001

Attorney General Hardy Myers today warned consumers to be cautious of Internet-based organizations advertising remedies intended to counteract the effects of biological agents such as Anthrax. Myers' announcement is part of a coordinated response to questions and concerns from the public regarding bio-terrorism.

"The Department of Justice has already received reports of opportunistic sales tactics. On behalf of Oregon consumers, I am very concerned with remedies to biological agents such as CIPRO that are being offered through the Internet and other non-medical sources." Myers said. "As always, consumers should exercise caution and check with their health care providers prior to consuming any medication that requires a prescription, or vitamin or nutritional supplements that make significant health claims."

Internet advertisers and e-mail solicitations are currently advertising items ranging from "military-certified" gas masks to prescription medications to vitamin supplements. Prior to purchasing such items, Oregonians should contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline (1-877-877-9392), the Oregon Health Division (503-731-4024), the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov), or the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) to verify the safety of the product and the reliability of the vendor.

"In the aftermath of a national crisis it may be extremely difficult for Oregonians to find the appropriate balance between caution and excessive precaution." Myers noted. "I strongly recommend citizens review the recommendations of the State of Oregon, the Center for Disease Control, or similar organizations, and act accordingly both in their homes and workplaces."

The state's policies for identifying and handling suspicious parcels can be found at egov.oregon.gov/DAS/docs/GUIDELINES-PROCEDURES.pdf. Additional resources can be found at the following sites:

Contact:

Jan Margosian, (503) 947-4333 (media line only) jan.margosian@doj.state.or.us |
Kevin Neely or Kristen Grainger, (503) 378-6002 |
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