Public told to avoid using Nugabest products

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


THE Department of Health (DOH) ordered the Nugabest Philippines (G.T.B Best Trading Inc.) to stop using “fraudulent, deceptive and misleading” claims to promote its health products that are composed of various massage beds.

In a one-page advisory, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said they are making such a directive after the company was “unable to submit scientific evidence supporting their claims.”

“The DOH has determined that Nugabest… has been offering ‘free treatment’ using its health products, subject to the condition that the person signs a document waiving the liability of the company for any injury or harm suffered from the use of the Nugabest product,” said the advisory dated May 12.

To note, the firm has advertised its products as being “good for hemorrhoid/hernia, urinary tract infection, menstrual problem, infertility, ovarian cysts and myoma, weak lungs and asthma, prostate enlargement, arthritis and joint pain” among others.

Also, Ona noted that Nugabest is disseminating flyers, information materials and is putting up advertisements containing claims that its devices “aligns spine, boosts immune system, control blood sugars and strengthen internal organs.”

Among Nugabest’s products are jade massage bed, thermal massage bed, thermal acupressure bed, infrared massage bed, and tourmanium pad.

Ona, in the advisory, also noted that the company had already been issued a “cease and desist order” earlier.

But to date, “the agency has not received notice of full compliance from the firm.”

The health chief, then, asked the public “to avoid the use of Nugabest products.”

“Ensure that only licensed and appropriately trained physicians are supervising the use of any medicine or health-related devices,” he said.

“Beware of devices or technologies offering free trials especially if the company requires consumers to sign a waiver,” furthered Ona. AMN/Sunnex

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