Target: Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Ban Sensa, a fake weight loss product, and stop the makers from every marketing a future product like this again
Under the brand name Sensa, a company has been selling a powder that they claim will help consumers lose weight if they put it on their food before eating. After a serious of lawsuits, Sensa has agreed to return $26 million to people who bought their product. This product should be taken off the shelves completely, Sensa should be banned from being sold in any form, and its makers should be banned from ever selling weight loss products again.
Sensa was sold in stores that customers trust, including Costco and GNC. People bought the product partly because of clinical studies and endorsements promising that anyone who put it on their food before consuming the food would lose weight. As it turns out, this is inaccurate information. The clinical studies were forged and the weight loss product is entirely fake.
While it is up to the consumer to be cautious about believing in miracle treatments, fake treatments, especially ones that promise to be backed up by actual clinical studies, cannot be allowed to exist on the market. Consumers trust that only products that have reliable scientific studies are put on shelves. For a company to purposefully sell fake products is not just misleading, but criminal. Demand that the makers of Sensa have their product banned and that the company be banned from ever selling another product again.
Dear Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg,
$59. That’s the price that Sensa charged consumers for a product that they were falsely told would help them lose weight. Lots of people in this country struggle with their weight, and this is hard enough, especially when one has other health complications. Consumers should not be forced to contend with falsified products such as Sensa.
The reason that Sensa’s marketing scheme is so outrageous is not just the fact that the product doesn’t work. Not all products work for everyone, of course. But the makers of Sensa knew that their product didn’t work. After all, they faked clinical studies.
For this, the makers of Sensa should have their product removed from shelves, pay people who consumed their product under misleading circumstances, and also be banned from creating any similar products in the future. It is of critical importance for consumers to be able to rely on accurate product marketing. The majority of people picking out weight loss products do not have a background in medicine. They trust that what they read on the label, or in the ad, is at least partially accurate.
Because Sensa completely lied about their product, it needs to be banned immediately. In addition, the makers of Sensa cannot be trusted to make any future weight loss products. As Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, we urge you to ensure that these issues are dealt with as soon as possible.
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