‘Heartdrops’ and ‘Liverx’ Ordered Removed from the Market

 

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release

 

Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

For Immediate Release
March 28th, 2002
Contact: DDA Wendy Brough
(714) 347-8740

SANTA ANA — A District Attorney investigation has resulted in the removal of two health products that are advertised as drugs but do not have government approval.

Superior Court Judge Gregory Lewis signed an order Thursday afternoon that prohibits New Hope Health Products from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding or offering for sale the two products. The order was contained in the settlement of a lawsuit between the DA’s office and New Hope Health Products and its owner, Judson Hamlin. The defendants agreed to pay $15,000 in penalties and investigative costs by the DA’s office and the state Department of Health Service, Food and Drug Branch.

The DA’s office initiated the investigation last summer after hearing claims on five Los Angeles radio stations that “Heartdrops” should be taken by anyone serious about preventing heart disease or heart attacks. The ads ran between March and September 2001. The “Heartdrops” statements were made in violation of the Health and Safety code which prohibits such claims about any drug unless the drug has been specifically approved for the claims by the state or the Food and Drug Administration.

The defendants also sold “Liverx” to consumers. The name “Liverx” gives consumers the impression that it is a prescription, which is illegal unless it has been approved. The defendants admitted no wrongdoing in signing the judgement and cooperated during the investigation.