The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration has warned that drinking or
injecting high-strength hydrogen peroxide products, which
are sold online to treat serious
illness--including AIDS--can be very harmful.
The products are
promoted as "35% food grade hydrogen peroxide."
Conventional over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide is just 3%
strength. The FDA said the 35% products are highly
corrosive and could lead to stomach ulcers and
irritations. Injecting the products could cause inflammation
and bubbles in the blood vessels in addition to potentially
fatal allergic reactions, according to the FDA, which
said it had not approved 35% hydrogen peroxide for any
"No one has
presented any evidence that hydrogen peroxide taken
internally has any medical value," Steven Galson, director
of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
said in a statement. "In fact, consuming hydrogen
peroxide in the manner touted by these Web sites could
lead to tragic results."
The FDA sent
warning letters to two Texas-based firms, DFWX and Frad 35,
that it said were illegally selling the products to treat
AIDS, cancer, emphysema, and other diseases.
owner of Frad 35, said his Web site provides links to
information about potential medical uses for the product,
but he does not promote it for that purpose. Worden
said he will continue selling 35% hydrogen peroxide,
which he called "technical grade." His Web site said
the product could be used for treating wastewater. (Reuters)