FDA Takes Action Against Fake Medical Device

U.S. health regulators have banned the import of the EPFX machine, a <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">fake medical device which has been purported cure diseases such as cancer and AIDS. According to the Seattle Times, the EPFX import ban is part of the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) effort to shut down a federal fugitive’s medical device empire.

As we’ve reported previously, the EPFX machine was manufactured in Hungary by William Nelson. The device is part of the growing alternative medicine field called “energy medicine” in which therapies are employed based on manipulating the body’s energy fields. This device and others like it administer frequencies or electromagnetic pulses to the body that are alleged to have therapeutic benefits.

According to the FDA, the claims made about the EPFX machine have no basis in reality. “This is pure, blatant fraud. The claims are baloney,” FDA compliance director Timothy Ulatowski, told the Seattle Times. “These people prey in many cases on consumers who are desperate in seeking cures for very serious diseases.”

According to federal court records, Nelson fled the U.S. in 1996 due to a felony fraud indictment. According to the Seattle Times, the name of Nelson’s company is Eclosion. It was registered with the FDA in 1985. The registration specified that Eclosion made biofeedback machines, which meant that the machines it made could only be sold as stress relievers, the Seattle Times said. The FDA warned Nelson in 1992 to quit making claims that his machines could diagnose and heal diseases. Despite Nelson’s indictment in 1996, Eclosion’s FDA registration was not revoked. According to the Seattle Times, after he fled the country to Hungary, Nelson began selling the EPFX again.

The machines have made Nelson rich, according to the Seattle Times, and the device is used by medical practitioners around the country. A chiropractor of cyclist Lance Armstrong has even acted as a spokesperson for the device. An estimated 10,000 EFPX machines can be found in clinics, offices and homes, making it one of the most common energy devices in the U.S.

According to the Seattle Times, the FDA has finally revoked Nelson’s registration. This will allow the seizure of any EPFX machines at the U.S. border. However, this action will not impact the thousands of EPFX devices already in the country. Ulatowski told the Seattle Times that the registration revocation is just is the first step in an investigation of Nelson, his distributors and EPFX operators.

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